Something in the Air


It’s 1971, and in the wake of the revolutionary fervor of May 1968 a group of youthful Paris radicals are trying to live their ideals, contributing to the revolution they believe is just beginning. Would-be painter/filmmaker Gilles (newcomer Clément Métayer) – a stand-in for the director in this semi-autobiographical story – tries to meld his artistic dreams with a commitment to political action. Passionate girlfriend Christine (Lola Créton, Goodbye, First Love), throws herself wholeheartedly into the task of organizing. Tempted by sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, and stifled by a complacent society, the young lovers (along with a group of like-minded friends) struggle to keep the revolution burning by painting political slogan graffiti, taking part in street riots and throwing the occasional Molotov cocktail. Olivier Assayas (Carlos, Summer Hours, Clean) brilliantly conveys the youthful spirit of the period, when change was in the air: in explorations of new lifestyles, arguments about strategies and tactics, and above all its music, a constant presence that becomes something like the artistic subconscious of an era.
(Dir. by Olivier Assayas, 2013, France, in French with English subtitles, 120 mins., Not Rated, IFC Films) DCP