Bernardo Bertolucci directed the romantic drama film The Dreamers in 2003. Gilbert Adair wrote the script, which is based on his 1988 novel The Holy Innocents. The film, an international co-production of firms from France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, follows the tale of an American university student in Paris who becomes embroiled in an amorous triangle after meeting a strange brother and sister who are fellow cinema aficionados. It is set in the aftermath of the 1968 Paris student riots. The film draws multiple allusions to classic and French New Wave films, integrating snippets from films that the performers frequently impersonate in specific sequences.