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By Prospect   May 2013

Olivier Assaya’s Something in the Air explores the legacy of May 1968

Film Something in the Air On release from 24th May

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…

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