Silence = Death. We are in Paris in the early 1990s at the birth of Act Up, an activist organization that drew attention to the consequences of AIDS. This is explained in two lines “120 battements par minute”. Perhaps two lines are not enough to explain a film drawn from a true story like this. But the news is not this, there is time to tell about the plot. The film is in Italian cinemas from October 5, some of you will have already seen it. And then he also won the Grand Prix at the last Cannes Film Festival.
The news is that in Italy this film is forbidden to children under 14 years of age. But neither is this new news, because all the newspapers had already written.
Then the news would be that every day, in Italy, 11 people discover they are HIV-positive. According to the Higher Institute of Health, the new diagnoses of HIV infection are 4,000 per year. We are the second country in Europe on Aids incidence. There are 130,000 people currently sick of AIDS in our nation. But neither is this a new news because the most up-to-date data I have found date back to May 2017.
But, since you were aware of all this information, you tried to put two and two? Because as the film trailer says: Silence is the same as Death.
So I wonder, “How many children are they already having sex before 14 and how many of them do 16, 17, 18 years old? How many of these children know what HIV is, what is HIV positive, what is contraception, PrEP or AIDS? ”
I do not have these data, but I can tell you, peering a bit around, which would be better for the kids to know.
Yes, it’s true, there are sex scenes in the movie, but it’s up to the parent to figure out whether or not the son is ready to deal with this issue. So that’s why it would be the case to let him see the movie:
- This is a real story, the film is fast, goes to the rhythm of the heart, 120 beats per minute, so it is so exciting that the guys might also stay there for the 135 minutes needed to run the plot and watch the whole movie .
- We have now understood that HIV is not just a problem for the LGBTQ community, but if someone did not understand it, the film explains it very well. If, on the other hand, your problem is to show your fourteen-year-old son that two men have intimate attitudes, well, the skyscraper is not to be found in the film.
- It is screwed around the word “political”, the political one that “attaches to pôlis”, interest in the common good. The film invites the spectator to the internal debates of the association and to participate in moral and style oppositions, to fight with Act Up, to feel himself part of the cause.
- The film is profoundly educational, able to tell everyone, young and very young, the battle not yet won against a disease that, accompanied by too much silence, killed 40 million people in the world. As film director Robin Campillo said: “AIDS does not know age, let’s not forget it.”
- The film is about love, life and death, like any good story should do. “Similar decisions (such as the ban on children under the age of 14) can create a climate that can become very violent when today it is only necessary to educate tolerance and combat homophobia in all its forms” explained the director at HuffPost about the Italian ban, “I wanted to tell this story because I felt that it had not yet been done and it was necessary to do so in a way that gained the maximum visibility, going beyond nostalgia, but I also think more about those of us who are survivors and those who still fight the disease today”.
A ban has also embarrassed Teodora Film, sales company for Italy of the film, which in a statement said: “We hoped until the last that 120 beats per minute could arrive in Italian cinemas like ‘Movies for all’, it would have been a strong signal to show that men who love other men do not scare anybody anymore, so it will not be”.
Now it is up to you to understand what to do, decide whether to look at it with your children or grandchildren. I told you why, and I quote the film: “Together we can build a community capable of organizing and adapting to disease with a positive and combative spirit”.