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'Something in the Air' shows that revolutionaries like comforts as much as the ruling class

'Something' shows director Olivier Assayas's sympathy with the movie's would-be revolutionary.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / May 3, 2013

'Something in the Air' is directed by Olivier Assayas.

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Olivier Assayas’s “Something in the Air” is set in 1971, three years after the barricade-busting student-led political riots in suburban Paris. Gilles (Clément Métayer) is 17 – the same age Assayas was at that time – and the film benefits from the director’s deep-held simpatico with this would-be revolutionary. Gilles’s eventual retreat, with his firebrand girlfriend (Lola Créton), to a life of summer bohemianism in an Italian villa is both ironic and welcome.

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Assayas doesn’t bring out the fiery best in this material, but he’s smart enough to know that revolutionaries like their comforts as much as the ruling class does. Grade: B (Unrated.)

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