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Early 90s-set French AIDs activism drama and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017. From the writer of the Oscar-nominated The Class.

"Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act Up Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan (Arnaud Valois), a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle." (Cannes Film Festival)


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Drama, World Cinema


Rating: M Sex scenes & offensive language

French with English subtitles


Hollywood Reporter


There's no shortage of incisive material contained here, and a more rigorous edit would greatly improve the lovingly made production's international prospects.

The Guardian (UK)


Robin Campillo commemorates the legacy of direct-action group ACT UP with a movie that is tragic, urgent and full of cinematic life.

The Telegraph (UK)


Unlike some of its more unruly characters, the film is thoroughly well-behaved, and cycles between its elements with a realistic, somewhat dogged, sense of routine: marches, protests, post-mortem discussion, dancefloor, bed, repeat.

TimeOut (UK)


Campillo's film has a furious forward momentum that's inspired by the determination of its characters and bolstered by Arnaud Rebotini's house-music score.

Vanity Fair


Robin Campillo’s Cannes competition film gracefully, sharply humanises a historical tragedy.

Variety (USA)


Robin Campillo's outstanding AIDS activist drama melds the personal, the political and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.

Village Voice (New York)


It's the kind of story that could easily have lent itself to a shallow, made-for-cable social history, but director Robin Campillo achieves a touching and pointed mixture of styles.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)


Campillo's compelling narrative is something of a slow-burner.