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Dir: Robin Campillo
Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adle Haenel
143mins   2018   France   15   French    Subtitled   

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organisation is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

'The movie compellingly combines elegy, tragedy, urgency and a defiant euphoria.' - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian