'BPM (Beats Per Minute)'
It's the early 1990s, AIDS is ravaging the French LGBTQ community and the Paris chapter of ACT UP isn't going to take Big Pharma's foot-dragging and bureaucratic indifference lying down. (Unless you count lying down in the middle of the street in the name of disruptive protests.) French director Robin Campillo's epic portrayal of the group's struggle to curb a plague zeroes in on the relationship of two men – a founder (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) and a newbie (Arnaud Valois) – but it's really an ensemble piece par excellence, as we watch the organization's members argue, stage actions, fight, flirt, fuck, die and argue some more. It's also the single most humanistic portrayal of the power of activism you will ever see, full stop.