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Something in the Air [Blu-ray]

Clément Métayer , Lola Créton , Olivier Assayas    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand, Carole Combes
  • Directors: Olivier Assayas
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00CQ5OQS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1970: Gilles, a young Parisian student, is taken in by the political and creative turmoil of the times. Through a haze of wild parties, social activism and romantic encounters he and his friends will partake in some of the most defining moments of the post-war period.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: ***ATTENTION***Mix language audio with English subtitles***Its 1971, and the youth of suburban Paris are still waging the struggle against both a reactionary government and a complacent society, a revolution they believe is just beginning, and their impassioned debates bleed into the streets. Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer) is a high school student torn between left-wing activism he distributes underground newspapers and spray-paints slogans on the schools walls and his aspiration to become a painter or filmmaker. After being left behind by his alluring but non-committal girlfriend Laure (Carole Combes), he meets political firebrand Christine (Goodbye, First Loves Lola Créton) and senses a kindred spirit. When one of their protests goes wrong and draws police attention, Gilles, Christine and their friends escape to sun-drenched Italy for the summer, where they live a bohemian life drifting between parties, rallies and agit-prop film screenings, discovering that at their age everything is mutable, and life awaits the curious With this sweeping and evocative story, Assayas with meticulous, living period detail, captures what it was like to have come of age in a generation that was too young to have been on the barricades; he brilliantly depicts its explorations of new lifestyles, morals and influences, and its music, a constant presence that becomes something like the artistic unconscious of an era. Blissfully nostalgic without being at a...Something in the Air (2012) ( Après mai ) (Blu-Ray)

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3.0 out of 5 stars What it is to be young 30 May 2013
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Apparently semi-autobiographical for the director Olivier Assayas, and entitled "Après mai" in the original French, this film recaptures the sense of confused anger and scattergun resistance against injustice which persisted after the famous Paris riots of May 1968.

Gilles is in his final year at the lycée with ambitions to be an artist, also caught up in street protests, demonstrating against the police and pasting up militant posters. We gain a vivid sense of being young in the 1960s, the sudden sense of freedom to question and attack the accepted values of society, to travel, drop out, and play with fire - a constant theme in the film - experimenting with drugs at the risk of self-destruction. It shows the uncertainty and fragility of first relationships, which one may come to value when it is too late, or, in the case of the women in the film, even when thought to have been freely chosen, prove to be a trap into some aspect of stereotyped or conventional behaviour

The film is visually very beautiful - the view over the valley where Gilles meets his first girlfriend, the apparently liberated artist he would like to be. It is also very French in portraying the heated philosophical debates and the ambience of the dry, traditional approach to teaching in school, the chickens running along the street past the old stone houses, the leafy courtyard gardens with paint peeling on the sills as the men discuss making films to show soldarity with the workers. It is well-acted and most of the main relationships are quite sensitively developed.

On the downside, apart from being about thirty minutes too long with a clear need to edit some scenes sharply, the storyline is too fragmented and meandering, at times hard to follow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Assayas' Rich Evocation of the World That Shaped Him 6 Aug 2013
By Doug Anderson - Published on
Something in the Air (aka Apres Mai), 2012: As the French title suggests, this film is less about the spirit of 1968 than about the slow but sure dissolution of that spirit. Assayas sets his film in the Paris of 1971 and focuses on a group of high school students whose main form of entertainment is covering their school grounds with revolutionary posters and graffiti at night. Assayas captures the excitment the kids feel when printing subversive literature and riding their mopeds to the site of yet another of their revolutionary night raids, but its also clear that he views them as hopelessly privileged and therefore more than one step (and social class) removed from the realities of working class conditions and revolution. The film is supposedly about Assayas' own youth but if this is a memoir it is an extremely strange one because we never get very close to the main character, Gilles. Its as if Assayas wants to revisit the era but is hesitant to revisit (or reveal much about) his earlier self. All we ever really learn about Gilles is that he knows that he's less interested in being a participant in the events of his youth and his time period (both of which he knows to be vanishing things) than in articulating a response to life in general (he seems to be living his life not in the moment, but in preparation to become the artist that he knows he wants to be---but he treats this self-awareness as a kind of curse that separates him from his friends). The way Gilles articulates that response to himself is through paintings, but the way Assayas articulates that response to us is through music. Its abundantly clear that the art form that matters most to director Assayas is music (and perhaps what he really wants to do here is not revisit or at least not directly confront his earlier self--that would be too painful, difficult--- but revisit the atmospheres and music that shaped his younger self and laid the groundwork for his current one). This story is not told with words--the characters say very little of interest to each other--- but with images and very carefully chosen musical selections that imbue those images with a very wistful form of youthful longing and tell us exactly how it felt to be a very sensitive/observant/self-aware 17 in 1971. The first selection we hear is from Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs called "Terrapin" which plays as we watch Gilles paint alone in his bedroom studio for the first time and the last selection is Kevin Ayer's "Decadence" that serves as the ultimate articulation of what it must have felt like to have been so young in such a time and to have been the only one not to have believed in any of it (in revolution, in love, in youth itself) and yet still be so young and have so much of life ahead of you. If you can forgive the lack of characterization, this evocation of Paris (and other European locales) in 1971 is a visual and sonic marvel. Other songs featured on the soundtrack: "Strings in the Earth & Air" (written by James Joyce and performed by Dr. Strangely Strange), "Know" by Nick Drake, "Abba Zaba" by Captain Beefheart, "Air" by The Incredible String Band, "Why Are We Sleeping?" by The Soft Machine, and "Sunrise of the Third System" by Tangerine Dream.
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Disappointment. Boring as hell. 19 July 2014
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Sorry to say it, but this movie was tremendously bad. I love Olivier Assayas to death, but this movie was a huge swing and a miss that was just barely reminiscent of why Assayas is brilliant. Ever since "Irma Vep," Olivier is having a seriously hard time coming up with something brilliant. To sum it up, this movie rambled like crazy, and you just didn't care about the straggling loose ends and unrelated story lines. The main character, presumably Assayas in his youth, just seems depressed and unresponsive like a stone. I hated and totally disagreed with the violent left wing political message. This is a weird attempt at an epic Hollywood period piece about the 1960s and '70s, but it achieves neither that goal, nor the goal of being a great Assayas movie. This movie tries to capture the whole time period, and captures nothing. It goes on and on about uneventful, non-impactful things, and fails to capture the beautiful nuances and subtleties of human reaction and emotion that permeates "Irma Vep." Watch that instead. Unfortunately, with movies like this, I am starting to forget why Assayas is awesome, and thinking maybe "Irma Vep" was a totally accidental foray into awesome territory for him. Olivier, you need a movie that is an artistic hit to redeem yourself, buddy! I'm starting to lose faith. Sorry! One star.
4.0 out of 5 stars Liking Olivier Assayas 21 May 2014
By Frank - Published on
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I was introduced to this director through his production of 'Carlos.' I loved the story and the film photography. This movie, 'Something in the Air,' like most art, is a subjective affair. I liked the story because it speaks to me of my younger days. Among the dimensions that fascinated me was the fact that I didn't know the actors, but liked their (natural-looking) performances. The photography was also very enjoyable to me. I streamed this movie through Netflix, but knew that I had to have it 'in the flesh' to play and study.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Aug 2014
By Gordon curtis - Published on
A brilliant film, and the only one I can think of that gets the age group (high school) right.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
By Thomas DeRoberto - Published on
Excellent product and service!
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