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Born In '68 Review

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After the 1968 street revolution in France, two lovers find themselves moving in different directions.

★★★★★

A worthy companion-piece to The Best Of Youth, but not a patch on 1992’s Die Zweite Heimat, this is a bold attempt to show how one person’s idealism is another's tyranny after the famous 1968 ‘revolution’.

Deserted by the lovers with whom she set up a hippie commune, Laetitia Casta proves equally out of touch with her kids as they mature in a France she doesn’t understand. The wealth of incident and changing cast of characters proves compelling, but the lack of sociological or philosophical depth pushes the action towards arthouse soap. Still, the period detail is exemplary, and Matthieu Poirot-Delpech’s photography is superb.

Great to look at, with impressive authentic details, but more melodrama than is strictly necessary.

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