Olivier Assayas revisits the high school lovers of his 1995 drama Cold Water, picking up their story not long after the action of the original film and chronicling their exploits in the radical politics of the early 70s. Not having seen the first movie, I can't offer a comparison of the two, though the pretty actors and counterculture nostalgia kept reminding me of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. This is a much better film, infused with Assayas's characteristic love for the freshness of nature and the eagerness of youth, but ultimately the lovers and their new-left classmates begin to seem as shallow as they are beautiful. Their maiming of a security guard during a nighttime terror strike doesn't seem to bother any of them, and at the end of the movie, when they're all abandoning their rigid Marxism and matriculating into bourgeois life, they seem to be driven by neither wisdom nor disillusionment but simple boredom. In French with subtitles.
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