This film confirms yet again what I have always believed, youth, although great in its own right, is over-rated. Like the previous reviewer J., I did not really like it at first. The aimless characters bugged me. However, I realized that young people, that's what they do, search. Searcing for identity, love, romance, direction, friendship, anything and everything that is worth searching for. I did the same when I was their age, only not in bars and faceless encounters.
The music, was also interesting. Did not like it at first but got sucked into the witty lyrics.
The actor who played Axl reminds me of Elijah Wood in Lord of The Rings trilogy, the same cherubic face and mop of curl hair. The french actress who played Vera is not a traditional beauty but the more I see her face the prettier she seemed.
If you stick to it to the end, you may love the ending like I did. It gives hope, big hope for the major characters in the film, Axl, Vera, Mike, and the airport X-ray guy. :-)