Great film; compared to anything else I've seen this year or last, five stars, well four-and-a-half. Captures a really interesting period rather well. In the context of what is missing in the political landscape today it is particularly relevant. Don't pay any attention to Bradshaw in the Guardian...
Something in the Air: movie review (N/R)
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Posted: Tue Apr 30 2013
Because this movie follows a group of French teens who, a few years after Paris’s violent 1968, carry on the glamorous fight, you expect the title to foretell something dreamy: how naive we once were, etc. But writer-director Olivier Assayas (mining his own wild years) goes in the opposite direction—he might mean Something in the Air literally, with all the pot smoke and well-chosen rock music swirling around. It’s a film suffused with the sound of sneaker soles slapping on pavement, and a thick sense of heady, physical proximity. Assayas evokes the atmosphere so vividly, you begin to breathe in his tale, rather than watch it.
That’s probably a good thing, because the plot is lax, certainly not as wham-bam riveting as was his terrorist epic Carlos (2010). There’s a sweet, fatigues-clad boy, Gilles (Clément Métayer, the director’s stand-in), torn by radical politics and a promising bourgeois future after high school; an alluring hippie chick who breaks his heart (Carole Combes); and a new potential soul mate, Christine (Lola Créton), a documentary filmmaker who quickly outpaces Gilles’s zeal. Over a generous-feeling running time, the three of them fall in and out of sync, pretending to be okay about it, yet barely succeeding. Even if you don’t respond to binge-reading Situationist texts or making bad art in cigarette-strewn studios, there’s a universal story here—a social network of friends and a cause that yields to end-of-summer realities.
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Author: Joshua Rothkopf
Cast and crew
Lola Creton, Clément Métayer, Carole Combes