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Olivier Assayas France, 2012

msmichel's rating of the film Something in the Air

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.