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1968. Catherine, Yves and Herve are 20 years old. They are students and they love each other. The revolt in May turns their lives upside down. Filled with a sense of communal Utopia, along with a few friends, they move to an abandoned farm in the Lot region. The need for freedom and personal accomplishment leads them to make choices that end up taking them separate ways.

1989. Catherine and Yves` children are young adults and affront a world that has changed profoundly: between the end of Communism and the explosion of the AIDS virus, the militant heritage of the generation that preceded them has to be updated.

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  • Actors: Laetitia Casta, Yannick Renier, Yann Tregouet
  • Directors: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029T6A22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Almost 3 hours long, Born in 68 is three films in one. This is a very long film, punctuated with some wonderful performances between seemingly eternal interludes.

The first film is the story of a group of students in Paris, May 11, 1968, at the student revolution at Nanterre. Their revolution is against the tyranny of military service, the government, and thought control. The group moves to an abandoned farm in the south of France to start a commune of free love and sharing for all. The second film is the bridge where the commune falls apart, several children are born (most importantly two boys), and most everyone moves on to very different lives, save Catherine. The third film is the love affair between the two boys and the next generation's sexual revolution questioning gender.

Each act or film is marked by bookends, very similar scenes, which mark the end or beginning of the next act. This was a difficult film to follow. Time did not move in a linear fashion. People lost or gained beards, changed hair styles; women were shown large with baby and then delivering children, children got taller, but nobody ever really aged. Twenty and thirty years later, Catherine had the exact same gorgeous face and figure as she did in the beginning of the film. There were a few intercut titles that advanced the story several years. At one part of the film, a day lasted 10 or 15 minutes, and then time advanced with no warning several years in a minute or two. It was very difficult to figure out how much time had passed. It was also very difficult to keep track of the characters.

The story telling aside, this is a pretty movie. The scenery in Paris and the South of France is gorgeous. The actors are all very beautiful with their clothes on and off.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on August 4, 2013
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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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