After May

After May

After May

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.

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.

Winner of the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award and Screeplay Award, Venice Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: R16122 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Olivier Assayas ('Summer Hours', 'Paris, je t'aime' segment)
Writer:
Olivier Assayas
Cast:
Clément MétayerLola CrétonIndia MenuezDolores Chaplin
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Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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.

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Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0

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