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Something in the Air
On behalf of Sundance Selects, you and a guest are invited to a screening of SOMETHING IN THE AIR, the newest film by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas. Following his critical triumphs, SUMMER HOURS and CARLOS, 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Something in the Air is a splendid title for a one-of-a-kind film -- a political mood movie that's more revelatory and exciting than almost any political melodrama."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Free of nostalgia and not overly critical in hindsight, it captures the immediacy of youth in hugely endearing fashion."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"While I recognise the truthful and splendid depiction, like the characters whose lives are depicted, I found the journey frustrating and difficult"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"So brilliantly directed, you'll feel like you are really there."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Assayas films it with a kinetic camera that follows his young protagonists through halls and stairways as they look for themselves. It's an assured film about rocky beginnings."
‑ Jay Stone,
"A wispy picture, likeable certainly but lacking in crispness and clarity."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Every kid believes the world around him is changing in ways it hasn't before; for these kids, it really was. Or had."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Assayas's splendid autobiographical feature is about a young man who refuses to turn his back on the radicalism of the '60s"
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"Revolution is less an action with direct purpose than a way of life in Olivier Assayas' heady, conflicted ode to the anarchic spirit of May 1968."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"This sharply well-made French drama tackles an offbeat chapter in history with real skill, although the densely populated screenplay and fragmented approach to storytelling makes it difficult to engage with."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Assayas captures a season in the lives of a group that envisioned themselves as bearers of truth ..."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The pretty actors and counterculture nostalgia kept reminding me of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. This is a much better film, infused with Assayas's characteristic love for the freshness of nature and the eagerness of youth."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Accumulates a heady, almost trippy power, like the often lengthy psychedelic recordings by the Soft Machine and Kevin Ayers heard on the soundtrack."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Something in the Air is not a film for all tastes, but it brings back a crucial part of the last century, touches on experiences we've all had at some time and is performed with delicacy, sincerity and conviction by a splendid young cast."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"What ultimately makes this film stand out is the way it captures the painful dawning experienced by all human beings that neither youth - nor you - are eternal."
‑ Rebecca Davies, Film4
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