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An important historical document disguised as a love story told about a friend long gone.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
(3,5 / 5) Le documentaire de Romain Goupil a une importance indéniable, étant donné le militantisme hyperactif du réalisateur avant et après les événements de mai 68. Il arrive aussi à émouvoir, par sa description intime des drames humains. Le montage fonctionne moins bien : l'éparpillement des extraits de son "film militant" non achevé crée parfois de la confusion. Goupil a aussi tendance à abuser de la voix off…
Beautiful losers. The main thesis here is that politics and interpersonal relationships are deeply connected. The war for freedom also means a struggle for the basics in life, that is, the emotional foundation of ourselves. This film is not purely idiosyncratic. The focus on those frienships is not arbitrary. May 68 as a topic requires a very personal approach to be consistent. They lost, we lost.