Something in the Air (Après mai) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Something in the Air (Après mai)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Contains strong sex, nudity and drug use.

  • The pitch:

    Resistance is futile.

  • Starring:

    Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand, Carole Combes, India Menuez, Hugo Conzelmann, Mathias Renou, Léa Rougeron, Martin Loizillon, André Marcon, Johnny Flynn

  • Directed by:

    Olivier Assayas

  • Running time:

    122 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    People are hit with objects, beaten, kicked, pursued. Protestors clash with police; smoke canisters, grenades, police brutality. House fire, woman jumps from window, Molotov cocktails thrown, burning car, burning building, explosion. Graffiti, littering, objects thrown, stealing. Actors wear Nazi costumes. Fascism, Communism, protests, political imprisonment, sexual repression, activism, perjury mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Blood on forehead. A picture of a badly beaten man with missing eye and bloody head is seen on posters, in newspaper article. Corpses, massacre mentioned. Museum corpses seen.


    Teenage couples have (mostly implied) sex. Foreplay, kissing, undressing. Sex acts and sexual positions seen in pornographic magazine photos. Nudity: Full nudity (male and female). Teenage women in shorts, knickers, swimwear; breasts seen. Breasts visible on magazine cover, album cover, paintings. Nude (female) drawings. Skimpy costume, cleavage.


    A woman prepares heroin; drug paraphernalia, syringe seen. People consume unidentified pills, smoke marijuana joints and hash. Dropping acid, drug-taking, prescription medication mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking.


    F-words, s-words, bastards, b*tch. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Gender stereotyping. Homosexual reference.


    Cultural revolution, protest, free press, passion, May 1968 Parisian student protests, 1970s European demonstrations, art, political film-making, international media, capitalism, rebellion, disillusionment, free love, counter-culture, autobiography, idealism, self-discovery, adolescence.


    Abortion, Parkinson's Disease, man in coma, trade unions, striking mentioned. Anarchy symbol, bonfires. Chickens, dog. French and Italian languages (subtitled). Original title is Après Mai.


    Beautifully crafted, feels authentic, outstanding period reconstruction, stirring soundtrack, flowing pace, natural performances. Magnificent, wry, semi-autobiographical, nostalgic, wistful, super-cool.


    Self-righteous. Liberal style.

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