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Something in the Air

A melancholy and memorable film

By Francine Stock  

In French the title is Après Mai; for Anglophones it’s the July 1969 hit of Thunderclap Newman. Olivier Assayas’s film concerns a group of middle-class teenagers in 1971, growing up in the shadow of the May 1968 protests. Like the song, the film is melancholy, ephemeral and curiously memorable.

Assayas previously made a gripping four hour study of Carlos the Jackal and the roots of 1970s terrorism. The relatively unknown young cast here make this a prettier prospect,…

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