Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2013)

Something in the Air is the weakest of the last three films Olivier Assayas has made, but underneath its ostensible nostalgia and self-pity is a wry critique of revolutionary youths who quit the struggle because they did not realize what an impact they truly had. May '68 failed in its stated goals, but the youths who come of age in its wake face a radically altered set of possibilities, many of them scarier in their uncertainty than the status quo broken up by their predecessors (albeit not in the way they wanted to break it up). It's yet another fine entry from one of the world's best working filmmakers, and a slyly subversive work that belies its lack of "revolutionary syntax."

My full review is up at Movie Mezzanine.

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