Jean-Christophe Buisson: “The other lost illusions”

CHRONICLE – A very accurate first film about the generation who turned 20 in 1981 in France: “Les Magnétiques”.

Remember 1981. That was forty years ago, that was yesterday. Some believed that socialism would make people happy, that military service was alienation and that daddy’s world was going to collapse under the battering of music from England, whose flagship radio stations broadcast.

We cried while listening to the last song of Joy Division before Ian Curtis’ suicide, we discovered the Bordelais of Camera Silens and the Rennes of Marquis de Sade, we worshiped the Undertones, we danced the pogo on Front 242. The parents watched from a wary eye, this youth whose bodies and spirits begged for nothing but exultation. They were afraid of seeing them quickly become disillusioned.

Like Nicolas Mathieu in his excellent Their children after them, Goncourt Prize 2018, Vincent Maël Cardona succeeds in Magnetics (in theaters November 17) to restore the ardent and sad lives of both baby boomers whose illusions will be lost in the years

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