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      Something in the Air

      Released May 3, 2013 2h 2m Drama Romance List
      81% Tomatometer 74 Reviews 47% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A young French radical (Clément Métayer) travels to Italy and becomes involved with a woman (Lola Créton) who shares many of the same aspirations. Read More Read Less

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      Insightful, solidly acted, and smartly filmed, Something in the Air skillfully captures the idealism of youth without falling back on cheap nostalgia.

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      J. Hoberman ARTINFO.com The great thing about Something in the Air is that the movie makes the thrill of that brief but all-encompassing rupture apparent without sentimentality or even (excessive) nostalgia. Feb 22, 2019 Full Review Deborah Ross The Spectator So it's not, I can now see, uneventful, but it does feel as if it is, as Assayas's style is so free-flowing and the takes are so meanderingly long. This does give it a ring of emotional truth... but it is also frustrating. Sep 5, 2018 Full Review Jonathan Romney Sight & Sound Assayas depicts a culturally and politically vibrant era made and lived through by intelligent, sensitive beings taking full advantage of their moment. Jul 31, 2018 Full Review Lucy Sante The New York Review of Books Something in the Air is an alluring picture, lithe and flowing, wonderful to look at, endlessly sensual in its evocations of youth and pleasure. Mar 13, 2019 Full Review Tom Watson CineVue Something in the Air wobbles endlessly; not only around disposable panning shots of well-spotted locations, but whether the students' actions are justifiable or just plain childish folly. Rated: 2/5 Feb 25, 2019 Full Review Tara Judah Overland I love that Assayas keeps me on my toes and I look forward to his next hot potato. Jan 30, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      isla s This seemed an interesting film in terms of the historical setting and the characters being politically engaged (to an extent) but it was too slow in terms of plot development and I found myself becoming quite disinterested and distracted. It is a somewhat thoughtful film, in terms of making you maybe think about social classes and its not really badly made but it just didn't quite hit the mark for me personally. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave s Directed by Olivier Assayas, Something in the Air is his semi-autobiographical film about idealism, transformation, and revolution. Set in France in 1971, the movie follows Gilles (Clement Metayer) and Christine (Lola Creton), high school students on the brink of adulthood, as they try to shape society into a more palatable version of how they envision the world around them. The film has a meandering quality to it, which may or may not be intentional, but effectively captures the restless nature of youth and the sacrifices we make as we move into adulthood. The cast is uniformly solid, the soundtrack is great, and the relentlessly probing cinematography makes the viewer feel like a part of the revolution. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Strangely unsatisfying. Given that this is about 'my generation', and involves street fighting, sex, drugs and revolution, it should really have felt more exciting. Especially as the music included the Incredible String Band, Captain Beefheart and the Soft Machine, three of my all-time favourites. It's autobiographical, about an artist and budding film-maker, who is the director here. I'd give it a B minus for film-making. The problem lies in the scripting and cinematography. The story line is fine, and so is the acting; it's just not very excitingly shot, and the staging makes the narrative obscure. Watchable for the story, but could have been so much better. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member cinegeek.de Gleich gegenüber von der Filmkunstbar Fitzcarraldo liegt die Anarcho Kneipe Meuterei. Oft und gern trinke ich da "Soli Biere" und dann fühl ich mich wie in Olivier Assayas neuem Film: "Nach dem Mai" sollte man ihn übersetzen, denn jeder weiss, was in Frankreich damit gemeint ist: Der Mai 1968. Die Geschichte ist wohl semi-autobiographisch und handelt noch von etwas anderem: Dem Himmel der Jugend! Voller Nostalgie blickt Assayas zurück in die Zeit der grossen Tumulte und Umwälzungen: Wir erleben moderne französische Geschichte; die Studenten-Proteste, brutale Polizeigewalt, Strassenkämpfe und Besetzungen. Alles mündet im Generalstreik, der die gesamte französische Gesellschaft sowie Ökonomie lahm legt. Das waren noch Zeiten! Nostalgie hat immer auch etwas mit verlorener Unschuld zu tun. In diesem Film herrscht noch der grenzenlose Optimismus der Jugend und der Glaube, alles bewirken zu können. Das hier sind keine mürrischen Wutbürger, die auf die Strasse gehen, sondern frische junge Gesichter, die nur das Beste wollen! Man meint, im Film gehe es ausschliesslich um Leben und Tod. Niemand hat Zeit, sich mit den Trivialitäten des Lebens aufzuhalten. Nur das, was wirklich zählt, kommt zur Sprache: Politik, Sex, Religion, Liebe und Freundschaft. Genau das liegt in der Luft! Es ist die Geschichte des Künstlers und Filmemachers Gilles (Clement Metayer), der impulsiv nach einer Romanze und den Umstürzungen des Mai 68 nach Italien und dann wieder zurück nach Paris reist. Als wir ihm das erste Mal begegnen, ritzt er gerade das Anarchie Symbol auf seinen Schultisch. Assayas kann uns ziemlich viel vermitteln vom Geist der Zeit. Einmal fragt Gilles eine radikale Gruppe, ob er wohl deren Kamera ausleihen könnte. Man antwortet, dass die nur für Agit-Prop, nicht aber Fiktion benutzt werden dürfe. In Florenz schaut sich Gilles mit seiner Freundin eine Laos Doku an und hier wird der puristische Stil des Filmemachers von dem (ziemlich selbstgefälligen) Publikum gelobt. Einer der Zuschauer aber kritisiert den Film dennoch und fragt, ob ein revolutionäter Film sich nicht auch einer revolutionären Bildersprache bedienen sollte? Daraufhin korrigiert ihn ein zweiter, dass solche eine Syntax doch vom Proletariat nicht verstanden würde! Am Ende sei doch "revolutionäre Ästhetik" auch wiederum nur ein Stilmittel und damit "bourgeois"! Manchmal denkt man auch daran, dass es gut ist, dass diese Zeiten der Besserwisserei, was das arme Proletariat sehen müsste oder nicht, endlich vorbei sind! Ganz bestimmt ist Gilles das Alter Ego des Regisseurs Assayas, der immerhin zuvor als Filmkritiker arbeitete. Immerhin erlaubt sich Eric Gautiers Kamera in diesem Retro Film so viel Schönheit zu zeigen, dass es wie eine späte Rache wirkt an den puritanischen Ansichten der "Revolutionäre". 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 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Gilles is an interesting character, a political activist studying to be an artist. What is so frustrating though is that beyond his political beliefs, we get to know little else about him. Conversations, real conversations, are short. What does he or any of the other people in the movie feel? There are a lot of opinions and judgements made, about society, authority, and each other. French film is renown for throwing around ideas. I don't doubt the depths of Gilles' convictions, but the movie whets our curiosity to know more about him and his friends. How did these people come about ? Left me unsatisfied.. Just got a glimpse of what the director probably intended. Warning: Be prepared to be confronted by dissatisfied characters, even majorly unhappy people, during the course of this movie. Wonderful evocation of the times (early 70s) and attention to detail (added half a star). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Teenage angst with a dose of latter 20th century politics, although the relationship issues are a fairly dominant theme too. It feels very genuine as the acting is excellent and the style and mood helps captures the time period superbly. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A young French radical (Clément Métayer) travels to Italy and becomes involved with a woman (Lola Créton) who shares many of the same aspirations.
      Director
      Olivier Assayas
      Producer
      Christopher Granier-Deferre
      Screenwriter
      Olivier Assayas, Olivier Assayas
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      France Télévision, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Vortex Sutra, France 3 Cinéma, La Banque Postale Images 5, MK2 Productions, Ciné+, Région Ile-de-France
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 3, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 6, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $71.9K
      Runtime
      2h 2m
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