The unfortunate thing about Looking For Hortense is that Kristin Scott Thomas is the best thing about the film. This is unfortunate because whilst she practically fills every scene for the first ten minutes, the film is very quick to put her and her storyline aside to concentrate on Jean-Pierre Bacri's character, Damien.
Claude Miller's final film, Therese Desqueyroux, is a carefully shot and delicately told story based upon the 1927 novel by François Mauriac. The film follows Therese, played by the hauntingly powerful Audrey Tautou, who marries her rich neighbour, Bernard Desqueyroux (Gilles Lellouche) to bring together their two mighty estates.
Something in the Air has Olivier Assayas back in autobiographical mode again, mirroring his 1994 film Cold Water in not only form but in the name of the protagonist used to represent Assayas, called Gilles in both. Retitled rather than translated from the French Apres Mai (After May,) Something in the Air is perhaps the more fitting title when its content is considered. The French title refers to the period in which the film takes place, after May 1968. The English one to a Thunderclap Newman song from roughly the same time. More than this though, it speaks of the films wandering quality. There is something is the air, but Assayas makes no great attempt to grasp at exactly what it is.