Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: BPM (Beats Per Minute)

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Reviewed by: Fyffe Hunting (Public Health Worker at HKPR District Health Unit) and Youth Group

BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a French drama film rated 14A that was screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. It was an informative film about people living with AIDS in the 1990’s. It stars Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adele Haenel and Antoine Reinartz. It profiled people in the LGBTQ+ community. It was also about Nathan, a character who doesn’t have AIDS.  It got up close and personal about the characters’ lives and their relationships with each other. We would recommend the movie to a mature audience.  It was an 8.5/10 film.

Was there smoking in the movie? – Yes

tobacco impressions

How often was smoking found in the movie? In the movie, the image of tobacco use was shown ten times.

What was happening in the scene with smoking? Tobacco use was present when the characters were stressed and needed relief or were in pain.

Was smoking necessary for the characters in the movie? In our opinion it wasn’t really relevant to the story. If these images were not used in the movie it wouldn’t have changed the movie.

Did the movie show the real health effects and consequences of tobacco use? No- the health effects and consequences of tobacco use were not shown.