Something in the Air

Something in the Air

Olivier Assayas (2012)

15 Certificate


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This 1970s-set rites-of-passage drama stars Clément Métayer as Gilles, a Paris teenager torn between following activist students emulating the notorious protests of 1968 and pursuing his academic interests in art and film-making. In the wake of a shocking attack on school security guards by Molotov cocktail-waving militants, Gilles takes flight with the radicals and descends into a world of drug-fuelled hedonism and political posturing. Writer/director Olivier Assayas perfectly captures the mood of an earlier generation through smart use of period music (Soft Machine, Syd Barrett, Captain Beefheart), hippy party scenes and the often laughable sloganeering clichés of right-on youth. However, a romantic subplot seems awkwardly tacked on, and the pedestrian performances of Métayer and fellow leads Lola Créton and Felix Armand tend to curb any sympathy the viewer may have for these narcissistic would-be revolutionaries.


Premiere. An idealistic student tries to reconcile his political beliefs with his artistic ambitions in a Paris still facing an uncertain future in the aftermath of the 1968 riots. After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he falls in with a band of left-wing activists and joins them on an eye-opening journey through Italy. Drama, starring Clement Metayer and Lola Creton. In French, English and Italian.

Cast & Crew

Gilles Clément Métayer
Christine Lola Créton
Alain Felix Armand
Laure Carole Combes
Leslie India Salvor Menuez
Jean-Pierre Hugo Conzelmann
Director Olivier Assayas
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Other Information

Language: French, English, Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Nudity, drug abuse. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 May 2013