Combining home movies, archival footage, and interviews, Goupil recounts his youth in the years leading up to May 1968, and the decade following it, climaxing with the suicide of his friend Michel Recanati. Both bildungsroman and political essay, the film shows how after revolt came disillusionment.
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An important historical document disguised as a love story told about a friend long gone. It illustrates that the narrative of social revolution is one in which our individual desires and flaws play themselves out on stages involving whole crowds of people. We are reminded that the personal is the political and that we must try to more fully understand our true motives in order to avoid disslusionment and tragedy.
Touching albeit irritating story of a friendship amidst Mai 68. Concise but poetic, definitely not a primer on the subject, but a small glimpse of how it was for someone to be present and militant in these tumultuous times.
Indéniablement le film dégage une densité et une émotion constantes dans cette vision parcellaire et forcément subjective "des années héroïques", qui enfanteront l'incontournable "génération perdue" post-soixante-huitarde... www.cinefiches.com
It's probably more of a tribute to Michel Recanati than anything else. The editing is rather erratic, and at times it feels like a recollection of bits of random memories from the period - still, it manages to convey the romantic hopes and ideals of May '68 and its eventual downfall thanks to ruthless struggle for power, fragmentation, stagnant Communist Party, and most of all the failure to engage the working class.
The theme is utterly captivating as a key moment of collective fermentation in France. Thus, at those junctions where the film resorts to stills and to documentary footage from clashes, speeches and demonstrations there is a lot to be gleaned. But the personal encounters and the amateur film extracts of the 'gang' fail to generate an impact analogous to the events that shaped them and were shaped by them. Intriguing.