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.
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 M&S to close 32 stores as part of move away from town centres
- 2 House swap sees woman move into home infested with fleas
- 3 Sweet Briar Road 'still on track' to reopen by end of May
- 4 Your chance to meet The Bill star who has moved to Norfolk
- 5 Norwich man wins jackpot on BBC game show Pointless
- 6 £3,000 worth of beauty products stolen from Sainsbury's store
- 7 High-end boutique reopens in its former shop
- 8 We built this city: Meet the firm behind some of Norwich's famous landmarks
- 9 5 affordable homes for first-time buyers currently for sale in Norwich
- 10 Eight-bed detached house in NR3 up for auction for £300k
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