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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Inevitably, the Society of the Spectacle triumphs. Nazis and dinosaurs, scantily dressed bimbos and marketing. "There is no alternative to neoliberalism, deal with it", Assays suggests. And this, perhaps, it the biggest flaw of the movie,
Nails every detail it has to nail, and Assayas's way with camera movement and music is as strong as ever. Though the Assayas surrogate character (a dead ringer for Ziggy from The Wire) is not the most compelling figure he's ever built a movie around.
This film is brilliant ! I never wanted it to end. I really hate the American title though. 'Apres Mai' is perfect. Also- the soundtrack was SO. GREAT. Never have I heard The Soft machine and Kevin Ayers emanating through the lobby of my theater.You witness the characters evolve and fade away during such a powerful and pivotal time, and it's so legit. This film is the real deal.
I disagree with all those saying on this wall that the film is rubbish. It doesn't celebrate or destroy the myths around the era, it just nuances them a little. It takes lots of freedoms, something I enjoyed very much. And I resonated with a lot of details of the characters, especially with the protagonist. (I got shivers when he said: "I live in my imagination. When reality knocks, I don't open.")I admire Assayas.