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Born in 68 [DVD] [2008]

Laetitia Casta , Yannick Renier , Olivier Ducastel , Jacques Martineau    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Laetitia Casta, Yannick Renier, Yann Tregouet
  • Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MD677I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Forty years of riots and celebrations, the birth of free love and the birth of gay liberation. A generation that experienced it all. This is their story.

1968 Catherine, Yves and Hervé are 20 years old. They are students and they love each other. The infamous Paris revolts in May turn their lives upside down. Filled with a sense of communal utopia, along with a few friends, they move to an abandoned farm in the countryside. However, the years of free love are short-lived, as their ambitions and pursuit of personal fulfilment leads to choices that will tear them apart.

1989 Catherine and Yves' children are young, excitable adults who embody a world very different to the one their parents were borne from. Between the end of Communism and the birth of gay liberation, cracks begin to appear in the militant heritage that moulded the generation before them. Through their differences, relationships are severed, cultivated and reconciled against the backdrop of a series of political and historical events that changed the world for ever.

Exclusive UK extras

  • Interview with Directors Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau
  • Q&A with Directors from London Special Screening Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Behind the Scenes: Olivier Ducastel records the production from the directors point of view.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a soap opera, enjoyable up to a point 17 May 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
This film doesn't convey the events of 1968 in France as well as some (Milou En Mai, or Les Amants Réguliers), but it does get something of the exuberance of the community feel, the sense of idealism that took hold of young people. The film has some very appealing actors and the whole thing passes pleasantly, if a bit superficially. It is too long, I think, but works better divided up as you would a soap opera. It is always a problem to cover a thirty-odd year period, and it doesn't completely come off, although seeing it in bits offsets this, where it otherwise does lapse into a slight feeling of tedium. The latter stages of the film are less good, especially where Aids becomes a theme as well ... It is a bit like madeira cake, where the first slices are the freshest: Yannick Renier is particularly appealing in a yellow shirt, undone low, with various hippyish accoutrements, or in aquamarine - he looks wonderful, anyway - as does the lustrous-haired boy who plays the pure-spirited Hervé. You can sense that the directors have an eye for this particular kind of poetry of the male form. Laetitia Casta will certainly appeal on the female side, but her acting is not so convincing, nor her look as the decades pass, and I couldn't quite see her as the mother of adult children. It is probably best seen as a lyrical evocation of certain ideals, shown to fall apart somewhat, with generous amounts of eye candy that are replenished by Theo Frilet in the later stages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars summary 21 Feb 2014
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my choise is medium,because the politic and the love is 50% in the film.i miss lettle more love and smoll politic.but the film is interest if the peoples like the politic situacion.
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A two hour and forty-six minute soap opera about dozens of people I didn't care about for even ONE minute. Not even for one SECOND.

A heavy, plodding, totally humorless and lifeless look at the most exciting and eventful 40 years in the history of the world. I refuse to believe it was as boring in France during those decades as this movie makes it seem.

I love France, the French language, French movies, and the charming, cranky, creatively self-centered French people who love their country so much that they sincerely believe it's the center of the world. They deserve better than this dead, stupid, catatonically boring, navel-gazing, leaden record of their recent history. They've made some fantastic movies, but this is not one of them.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
BORN IN 68 (French, with English subtitles) is truly an ambitious project, covering a period of almost 40 years, from 1968 to 2007. It's important to note that this isn't a film "about May '68" (the events of which only occupy the first few minutes of the film) but rather a long-term portrait of the spirit of idealism struggling against cultural inertia.

It is difficult to comprehensively summarize the plot of BORN IN 68, with its numerous threads and long running-time (almost 3 hours). The film opens with the general strikes in France in May '68, and specifically focuses on three student radicals involved in the protests: Catherine, Yves and Hervé (who enjoy a three-way relationship). After the crushing of the protesters, the three disappointed students head off to an abandoned farmhouse in the French countryside with a group of friends to establish a commune, determined to put into practice their revolutionary principles ("No boss, no class system, no contracts, no morality, no laws").

After the euphoria of the experiment (free love, dancing naked amongst the flowers), a couple of years have passed and the commune has all but broken up; Yves has returned to the city, Hervé is a political prisoner, and Catherine has been left with two children, Ludmilla and Boris. The bulk of the film now focuses on Catherine, Ludmilla and Boris through the 1980s and 1990s; each character struggling with their heritage: Catherine is still clinging to her principles and dismayed by the global capitalist hegemony ("We didn't deserve this world"); Ludmilla resents her upbringing and despises her mother, while Boris becomes an Act Up activist following his lover's death from an AIDS-related illness.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 5 Jan 2011
By Moi
Unfortunately 'Born in 68' is one of those movies which is hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Bad writing, clunky dialogues, tragic acting are just some of the reasons the movie - although trying really hard to tug the heart strings - leaves you cold and bored. The panning of 40 years of French history is shallow and anecdotal and never really captures 'l'air du temps'. Now if you want to watch a really good movie which manages to capture both the epic and the domestic, rent or buy 'The best of youth' - it is everything that 'Born in 68' tries and fails to be.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good in parts 19 July 2011
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I'd been saving this epic-length movie for a rainy day - although in the end watched it over two rainy days! While there is much to commend here, especially in the first hour or so, it is the length of the film and the dour nature of the final two thirds which let it down. The first half is serious, but with some nice light moments, whereas the second is just misery upon misery as characters die, betray each other and end relationships. Perhaps the issue here is that this basically two films joined together to make a supposed epic saga. But somehow it just doesn't work, and I so wanted it to! The characters are believable and the acting is generally very good, but the relentlessly dour nature of the film's final two hours makes one become emotionally detached and ultimately bored.
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Having been a part of these disturbances the film rang very was a bit long and tended to go too fast at the end. Hiwever it was well made and held my attention.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The world is changing...the future will be all sunshine."
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