When Reality Closes In: ‘The Dreamers’ and the Limitations of Cinephilia

Louis Garrel, Eva Green and Michael Pitt play love-struck cinephiles in Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘The Dreamers’

“I was one of the insatiables. The ones you’d always find sitting closest to the screen. Why do we sit so close? Maybe it was because we wanted to receive the images first. When they were still new, still fresh. Before they cleared the hurdles of the rows behind us. Before they’d been relayed back from row to row, spectator to spectator; until worn out, secondhand…