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The young and the restless

OUT NOW! Rose-tinted APRÈS MAI conjures a coloured but spirited image of 1970s France.

Assayas revisits the 1970s of his adolescence, the same era portrayed in his 1994 masterpiece L’eau froide. Gilles (Mètayer) serves as the director’s alter ego, a 17-year-old whose changing political convictions are reflected in his move from painting to filmmaking. Après mai conveys the disorientation of the post-1968 generation with lyrical cinematography. Though imbued with reverential romanticism, it nonetheless evokes the tempestuous spirit of youth.

Après mai (Something in the Air/Die Wilde Zeit) | Directed by Olivier Assayas (France 2012) with Clément Métayer, Lola Créton. Starts May 30

Originally published in Issue #117, June 2013