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Something in the Air

Après mai

Directed by Olivier Assayas
France, 2012


Paris, early 1970s. Gilles is a student swept up in the political and creative effervescence of the times. Like his friends, he wavers between commitment and personal aspirations, and needs to make crucial choices in order to find himself in a tumultuous age.

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Something in the Air Directed by Olivier Assayas
Both films are set in the relatively recent French past: Blue is the Warmest Colour in the early 2000s, Après maiin 1971, three years after the 1968 protests. But a major determinant inBlue is the Warmest Colour – class – is fudged in Après mai¬, and points to a difference between the two works and arguably accounts for Assayas’ lack of bite.
October 06, 2014
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This film’s gentler style of fragmentation feels entirely appropriate to the business of recollection at a distance. And, in both visual and sonic terms, from the patterns of the tie-dye T-shirts to the whine of the prog-rock synths, Assayas has recreated the styles of the period in a way that, for once, isn’t distorted by retrospective irony, but is tenderly rather than reverently spot-on – in des images justes.
May 24, 2013
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Such ambition, such balance, such forbearance. It’s highly laudable work from Assayas and it’s not surprising if, at times, the film can seem, superficially, either meandering or coldly distant. Let’s just say Gilles is indeed meandering and the movie is touchingly true to that… [Something in the Air] is an exhilarating and demanding film that is as full of interesting conflicts and contradictions as its protagonist.
May 23, 2013
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