New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
An agitprop-spewing band of chain-smoking French teenage rebels-without-a-clue spend the summer of 1970 hurling molotovs and printing leaflets to gear up for a revolution that never happened. They were of an age and know-it-all mindset which believed that all of societies’ problems could be summed up and solved over a few beers or drags off a joint. Not unlike Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, once a brief action sequence dramatically establishes the turbulent time, politics are quickly abandoned in favor of getting an unmistakably alluring cast to strip down and change partners. If only Olivier Assayas (Demonlover, Carlos) semi-autobiographical tour of his relatively cushy 17th summer put the writer-director’s memories to better use. More effort apparently went into finding a dead ringer for Blind Faith’s topless cover girl than did shaping a narrative. With Clément Métayer, Lola Créton, Felix Armand, and India Menuez. 2012.