There’s Something in the Air (“Après mai”)

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This French film won Best Screenplay at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, but I am not quite sure why. It tells the personal story of the filmmaker Olivier Assayas, a kind of semi-autobiography. It starts off well enough in a high school classroom in Paris 1971, when a teacher reads from Blaise Pascal: "Between us and Heaven or Hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world." From then on, the film follows the main character, Gilles (Clément Métayer), an aspiring artist who … [Read more...]