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Something in the Air

Directed by Olivier Assayas

France, 2012

Cornerhouse, 25 May 2013

Something in the Air

The story of one young man growing up in the ‘70s, struggling with the political system, grappling with his artistic inclinations, finding his place in the world.

Then again, it is also a film about cinema itself – as pretty much all French films are – and in particular it poses the question: Truffaut or Godard?  Someone who has seen Silken Skin will know the correct answer, the quotation from Pascal at the start is a dead giveaway.

They find, this young man and his contemporaries, that left-wing organizations, so-called collectives, are as prescriptive and oppressive as the supposedly fascist society they purport to oppose.  I don’t think even the director would claim this as an especially piercing or original insight, yet nonetheless it is an accomplished film and benefits from some excellent performances, particularly from Clement Metayer and Lola Creton.