Another excellent Assayas film. This one is a very personal, possibly even semi-autobiographical (?), story about the tension between revolutionary ideals and artistic conviction. Lola Créton is great as always and Assayas brings these characters, who could have so easily been caricatures of '68 socialist types, to life convincingly.
Am Ende des Sommers kühlt sich Gilles Interesse für Politik und die Revolution aber wieder ab und er beschliesst, zurückzukehren in die Schule. Er überlegt, einen Film zu machen mit Monstern und Nazis. Vielleicht wirds die perfekte Fusion aus Kunst und Politik? (Dazu haben wir für euch eine Film List zum Pariser Mai 68 zusammengestellt auf unserer Empfehlungsseite cinegeek.de
The story of a young artist growing up in early 70s France, trying to decide between two callings: art and political activism. Beautiful people, drugs, political pamphlets, art and other cool stuff. A nice but rather average movie that doesn't stand out from similar French dramas. Once again, you get the impression that in France they only teach philosophy and literature at school, which sounds great, yet I wonder...
Well made for costumes and atmosphere, nice picture of the past, good selected tracks and not too much music, just an appropriate touch. But also just another movie on youngsters after 68, like Le Péril Jeune was much better - touching that it has to be his story and his encountering of Art
More personal and intellectual than properly striking or bold, this film certainly must have a huge sentimental value for its author, but for me it just became likeable and partly satisfying. Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/06/something-in-air-2012.html
Assayas casts a somewhat auto-biographical eye back on his student days circa '71 with this somewhat meandering and unengaging work. He captures that student milieu, that shared sense of both futility and promise, which was even more fruitful in the years close after the '68 uprisings. What he fails to capture is anything beyond that perceived emptiness or even the sense of failed promise or dreams compromised.