After May

After May

(Après mai / Something in the Air)
(2012)

Nostalgic, loosely autobiographical drama from French filmmaking veteran Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours). A young French artist is caught up in a whirlwind of politics, art and sex during the turbulent French student movement of the early '70s. Winner of Best Screenplay at Venice 2012.... More

In 1971 Paris, young people are waging the struggle against their government and a complacent society, a revolution they believe is just beginning, with their impassioned debates bleeding into the streets. Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer) is a high school student torn between left-wing activism and his aspiration to become a painter or filmmaker. He meets political firebrand Christine (Lola Créton) and senses a kindred spirit. When one of their protests goes wrong and draws police attention, Gilles, Christine and their friends escape to sun-drenched Italy for the summer where they live a bohemian life, drifting between parties, rallies and film screenings.Hide

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  • The ideas get lost in the nostalgic, elegaic glow, but that glow is nurtured expertly. Full Review

  • A distinctive and nuanced film about the much-chronicled post-1968 years of radical European politics, as well as providing droll insight into his self-discovery as an artist. Full Review

  • Mr. Assayas's method is observant and immersive. His camera moves among young bodies like an invisible friend... Full Review

  • Free of nostalgia and not overly critical in hindsight, it captures the immediacy of youth in hugely endearing fashion. Full Review

  • A pitch-perfect period setting can't compensate for the presence of the lithe but terminally listless leads. Full Review

  • Wise and wistful memory-piece on the revolutionary fervor that suffused his [Assaya's] young adulthood. Full Review

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