Review: Something In The Air
- Credit: Archant
Olivier Assayas' previous film was an epic take on Carlos the Jackal, the revolutionary terrorist who cut a murderous swathe through the 1970s.
His next is a much gentler, more forgiving piece about the social tumult which provided the backdrop for such figures.
Over here, the film has been smeared with a wishy washy title that is benignly clueless as to the film's subject. Its actual title Après Mai cuts straight to the point – this is about a generation trying to find its place in a world where the May 1968 revolution didn't happen but where the overthrow of bourgeois society is still taken as read, or rather a matter of historical determinism.
Our guide is a young artist Gilles (Clément Métayer). He is first seen scrawling an anarchy symbol into his school desk.
The anarchy symbol is a sure sign of an anti-establishment cop-out so it is no surprise that during the summer of 1971, Gilles is able to float loosely between Marxists, Trotskyites, Maoists, revolutionary agitprop film-makers and hippies, asserting his revolutionary passion without doing much more than sell a few student newspapers.
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The film is a skittish flit through the counter culture scene.
It doesn't offer much more than snapshots of situations and characters before moving on. It is restless and yet lethargic, oddly unengaged with what it has chosen to show us.
- 1 'Second time this year' - Armed police called to Norwich street
- 2 'Someone will get hurt' - Frustration over pothole near Norwich surgery
- 3 Men ran over roofs to flee police after Norwich cannabis factory raid
- 4 Elton John to kick off UK leg of farewell tour at Carrow Road
- 5 Ex-head charged with sex attacks on boys at Norfolk school
- 6 'We offered £20k over and still lost out': Frantic housing market revealed
- 7 Why Norwich must stop Debenhams becoming city centre black hole
- 8 Hopes for a summer reopening of popular park café
- 9 Jailed in Norfolk last week: Drug dealer, £1.3m fraudster and paedophile
- 10 New bus and cycle lane opens after traffic disruption into city
Initially, it seems like this will be a clear-headed, unsentimental look at the failings and casualties of the revolutionary movements of the late 60s/early 70s. But, increasingly, its tone becomes more nostalgic and you realise that this is little more than a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR (15)
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand, Carole Combes and India Salvor Menuez
Length: 122 mins