Olivier Assayas directs Clément Métayer, Lola Créton and Félix Armand in this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama following three radical kids who leave their suburban high school bubble after the May ‘68 riots to travel the world, start work, fall in and out of love.
A very handsome movie with a couple of truly cinematic sequences that thoroughly impress. It does jar watching the rich kids with no financial limitations and nepotism to fall back on make bad life choices over politics they will soon abandon. Assayas seems fully aware of this and frames everything with a cynical self-aware detachment. Best to let the handsome imagery of sun dappled bodies, relaxed hedonism and folk prog vibes wash over you rather than care too much about the contradictions of posho brats smashing a system that they continue to benefit from.
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