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The latest from Olivier Assayas follows a group of teenage activists immediately after the famous May 1968 riots in Paris, as they must contend with politics, school, friendship, romance and just being young and libertarian in the late-1960s. The title has been changed from the more literal and less sexy Apres Mai for the film’s international release, but in truth the film is more a coming-of-age story than anything especially political. Whether it be their reactionary leanings or sexual preferences, Assayas gives them all equal weight as these kids – on the cusp of adulthood – struggle to define who they are as human beings. While the attention to period detail is faultless – the soundtrack is particularly good – and the drama engaging while we are in the moment, Assayas seems to be saying that revolution and anarchy are just adolescent fads, which we all grow out of sooner or later once we realise that in order to survive in this world we need to settle down and get a job.

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