Après Mai | Something in the air

Directed by Olivier Assayas

French | 2012 | 122' | In French with English and Arabic subtitles
with Clément Métayer , Lola Créton , Félix Armand

Synopsis

Assayas’ semi-autobiographical new feature is a vibrant, incisively crafted story of a young man’s artistic awakening in the politically turbulent French student movement of the early ’70s. In a nod to his earlier film Cold Water, Assayas’ surrogate Gilles (newcomer Clement Metayer) is a graduating high school student in Paris deeply involved in the counterculture of the time. While Gilles begins to realize that his interests lie more in the revolutions in music and art, he finds himself pulled into ever more dangerous political protests by the people around him.Illuminating and elegiac, Assayas’ story celebrates that thrilling, evanescent moment in history when young people could feel revolution just within their grasp.

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Une semi-autobiographie d’Assayas racontant l’histoire d’un jeune lycéen parisien du début des années 70, Gilles est pris dans l’effervescence politique de ces années-là. Il aspire pourtant surtout à peindre et à apprendre le cinéma, ce que lui reprochent ses camarades et sa petite amie, pour qui l’engagement politique doit être total. Peu à peu, Gilles assume davantage ses choix et trouve mieux sa place dans son époque.

Director's Filmography

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1994 Irma Vep

1996 L’Eau Froide

2000 Les Destinés Sentimentales

2008 L’Heure d’été

2010 Carlos

2012 Après Mai

 

 

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