N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir

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  • R
  • 1995
  • 1 hr 58 min
  • 6.4  (582)

N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir, translated as "Don't Forget You're Going to Die," is a French film from 1995 directed by Xavier Beauvois. The film tells the story of Benoît, a young man who, upon finding out that he is HIV-positive, decides to live his life to the fullest and indulge in every pleasure possible. Benoît, played by Xavier Beauvois, is a student in his early twenties who lives in an old apartment in Paris with his cat. His life takes a dramatic turn when he discovers that he has contracted HIV after sleeping with a man he had just met. This revelation prompts him to change his outlook towards life and embrace a carefree attitude towards sex, drugs, and mortality.

At first, Benoît is in shock and greatly disturbed by the diagnosis. He spends a significant amount of time reflecting on his life and his dreams, one of which was to become a Roman Catholic priest. However, soon he realizes that life is too short to dwell on thoughts of the past or the future. He determines to enjoy what he has right in front of him and pursues every pleasure without any inhibitions.

Benoît indulges in sexual encounters with both men and women, attends all-night parties, and discovers a love for heavy metal music. He experiences everything he has ever wanted, whether it is stealing a car or experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs. However, in the back of his mind, he knows that the disease is slowly killing him.

Throughout the film, Benoît befriends a group of people who also face their struggles and uncertainties. They include Claire, played by Chiara Mastroianni, Isabelle, played by Ophélie Winter, and Jérémie, played by Roschdy Zem. Claire is a young woman who is drawn to Benoît's carefree attitude and unapologetic approach towards life. Isabelle is a transgender woman who is not accepted by her family and is forced to live on the streets. Jérémie is an Algerian immigrant who has a complicated relationship with his culture and religion.

Together, these characters navigate their way through love, friendship, and the inevitability of death. Benoît's experiences change him irrevocably, and he learns some harsh truths along the way - that no matter how much we indulge in life, death is always lurking around the corner. The film explores the complex nature of mortality, the meaning of life, and the human tendency to resist what is inevitable.

N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir is a powerful film with its unconventional approach towards its subject. The story is impactful and thought- evoking, brilliantly acted by the cast. Xavier Beauvois portrays Benoît's character with depth and compassion, capturing the character's essence perfectly. Chiara Mastroianni, Ophélie Winter, and Roschdy Zem deliver solid performances and add layers to the narrative.

The film's cinematography is striking, with beautiful shots of Paris and its surroundings, and the music by the French metal band, Massacra creates an edgy atmosphere that accurately portrays Benoît's transformation. Overall, N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir is a beautiful and poignant film that explores the beauty and pain that comes with living life to the fullest. It's a reminder that we should cherish our time, love, and embrace every moment as if it's our last.

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    6.4  (582)