Something In The Air
A semi-autobiographical drama from director Olivier Assayas set in 1970s Paris
The pressure for success in the college basketball game force good egg coach Pete Bell (Nolte) to turn a blind eye while others illegally bribe the promising stars of the future to sign for his team. Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump), has a lot of passion, and a little in common with definitive basketball documentary Hoop Dreams, made at the same time.
These comparisons do it few favours, however, and probably explain why it was passed over for cinema exhibition in Britain.
Film4.com editor Catherine Bray takes in Steven Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra, Jim Mickle's remake of We Are What We Are, Lucía Puenzo's Nazis-in-hiding adaptation and Mahamat Saleh Haroun's comp
Coming to cinemas, TV, DVD/Blu-ray, video-on-demand and Film4 Channel on July 5th is Ben Wheatley's latest, the Film4-backed A Field In England. And we're excited to unveil not only the new quad poste
On Film4: 26 May 2013