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Something in the Air (2012)

Après mai (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 November 2012 (France)
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In the months after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning.

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Olivier Assayas

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Olivier Assayas (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clément Métayer ... Gilles
Lola Créton ... Christine
Felix Armand Felix Armand ... Alain
Carole Combes Carole Combes ... Laure
India Menuez ... Leslie (as India Salvor Menuez)
Hugo Conzelmann Hugo Conzelmann ... Jean-Pierre
Martin Loizillon Martin Loizillon ... Rackam le Rouge
André Marcon André Marcon ... Le père de Gilles
Johnny Flynn
Dolores Chaplin ... Actrice Londres
Laurent Ramacciotti Laurent Ramacciotti ... Vigile / Coach
Mathias Renou Mathias Renou ... Vincent
Léa Rougeron Léa Rougeron ... Maria
Philippe Paimblanc Philippe Paimblanc ... Proviseur
Alain Gluckstein Alain Gluckstein ... Professeur de français
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In the months after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning.

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Drama

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France

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French | English | Italian

Release Date:

14 November 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Something in the Air See more »

Filming Locations:

Brunoy, Essonne, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,288, 5 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,921, 2 June 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Fantasia Lindum/Celestial Light
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Liked it much better on a second viewing
11 December 2014 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Almost 20 years later, Assays returns to his own adolescence, which he examined expertly in 1994's "Cold Water". As if to make it clear that he is coming full circle the main character (clearly based on Assayas himself), and one of the key supporting characters bear the same screen names as their counterparts in "Cold Water".

This grew on me considerably on 2nd viewing. Because I knew not to expect a straight- forward plot, but something much more episodic and tonal, I stopped focusing on the story, and took in all the details, and the mood. I found the film much funnier the second time, catching Assayas' gentle mocking of the over seriousness of these petite-bourgeois youth, at the same time that he captures the sad beauty in adolescence's naiveté and out sized passions.

"Something in the Air" focuses on politics, art and sex, taking place 3 years after the May 1968 riots, as the high school kids of that moment try to live in the spirit of revolution that was already starting to fade into factionalism (some of the film's best humor documents the absurdly intense rivalries between groups who mostly share common goals, and the insane parsing of every word and idea to examine if it was the 'right' thing to foment revolution).

There are some truly great sequences. An early scene of the kids battling the cops is exciting, raw and immersive. And there's a sequence at a party that's pretty breathtaking. Throughout, Assayas uses perfect music from the period, without using the same 6 songs every film about the late 60s/early 70s seem to fall back on. If the film isn't quite a masterpiece it is touching, funny and worthwhile work from one of the most interesting voices making films right now, one who can go from the near operatic "Carlos" to the quiet and intimate "Summer Hours", bringing each their own unique style. Assays is a true auteur, but he hasn't let that trap him into a single style or tone.


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