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Something in the Air(Après Mai)

In the aftermath of May '68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolutions they believe are just beginning. Gilles, a student, is drawn into the political turmoil of the time, although his interests lie in the creative arts. Torn between his solidarity to his friends and his personal ambitions, he falls in love with Christine.
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Portland Oregonian by

The opening sequences of this film from director Olivier Assayas are gripping, as students flee baton-wielding police, then embark on a late-night vandalism spree at a school. But the drama becomes mired with too many characters, too many shots of pretty Italian scenery and an unfocused story.
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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Because of its autobiographical slant, Something In The Air has been compared to Assayas’ 1994 breakthrough, "Cold Water," which gazed upon roughly the same period of the director’s life.
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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

This is a beautifully crafted work and an acute evocation of its period both in look and attitude, and it’s no less deeply absorbing for being somewhat muted in tone.
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New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Assayas may have been inspired by biographical memories, but “Air” is so sensitively observed that it simultaneously evokes a universal, and eternal, state of adolescence as well.
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Variety by Justin Chang

Decidedly not revolutionary cinema, Something in the Air instead quietly demystifies its subject. The tone of the piece is wryly affectionate but never indulgent; the experiences depicted feel emotionally true and lived-in without ever catching the viewer up in a rush of intoxication or excitement.
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The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

There’s so much to like about the film, and it’s a mark of Assayas’ skill that it's a hugely engaging watch despite the blankness of the characters.

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