120 BPM’s set during the AIDS crisis in 1990s France, and especially works as singling in on an activist group, ACT UP, and using the characters Sean (Nahuel Perez Biscayart) and Nathan (Arnaud Valois) to help front that.
And indeed, those two gradually develop a relationship, where otherwise when you don’t see ACT UP’s collective action, the narrative mostly cuts across to Sean and Nathan. This helps personalise the brilliant collective focus of the film, more as the film later crosscuts between group meetings and action (plus, Robin Campillo was a member, so no doubt that helps).
There doesn’t feel like anything for me to say about the film in terms of weaknesses, other than that i’d maybe have liked to learn more about the members. We could have then built up to a highly individual, collective cost, but as it stands the film’s fantastic! Give it a shot.