A young American studying in Paris during the '68 Paris student riots strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister.
Intense and absorbing study of an unusual three-way relationship, seemingly secluded from the outside world, but Bertolucci skillfully leaks historical, political and aesthetic issues into this complex snow globe.
Halliwell*: "Set against the background of the riots that shook France, this intimate drama of a ménage à trois con jures the heady atmosphere of the times and a move from adolescent self-absorption to political action."
Maltin***: "Any film that opens with footage of Parisians and filmmakers protesting the ouster of the Cinematheque's legendary Henri Langlois and goes on to "quote" movies ranging from FREAKS to QUEEN CHRISTINA is on the right track. Strongly reminiscent of films from the period it depicts: bold, excessive, daringly sexual, self-serious at times, but vibrantly alive."