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Something In The Air (Après Mai)

Something In The Air

Something In The Air (Après Mai)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Clément Métayer, Lola Creton, Félix Armand

year: 2013

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Olivier Assayas

runtime: 122

Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Something in the Air (or Apres Mai, original title fans) begins in 1971 with would-be student revolutionaries Gilles (Assayas' stand-in Clement Metayer, looking like a French Ben Whishaw), Christine (Lola Creton), Alain (Felix Armand) and Jean-Pierre (Hugo Conzelmann) escaping from the police after a violent riot. Subsequently, they plan and execute a graffiti raid on their school, which leads to a further incident where a security guard is injured in a revenge attack, forcing the group to hide out in Italy for the summer.
While in Italy, aspiring painter Gilles – whose previous girlfriend Laure (Carole Combes) has just moved to London - falls in love with Christine, though she later takes up with a group of militant filmmakers and also leaves him behind. Meanwhile, Alain begins seeing American dance student Leslie (India Salvor Menuez) and travels with her and another group to Afghanistan.


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