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  • Culture

    The lighter side of Gondry

    26 February 2016

    SETTLE in for more fun with Microbe & Gasoline, the 11th film by the influential director Michel Gondry. Faithful to the poetic vision that he developed in his in previous movies (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and The Green Hornet), the talented French writer and music video director (who has worked with Björk, The White Stripes and Kanye West), explores his childhood growing up in Versailles.

    Produced on a modest budget, Microbe and Gasoil is a dreamy road movie set in the countryside between Ile de France (Paris and its suburbs) and Bourgogne. It follows the adventures of two teenage outsiders who, rather than spend two months with their families, prefer to build a house on wheels and travel around the country.

    This charming film features two young actors Ange Dargent and Théophile Banquet (both discovered by Gondry), and a brief appearance by Audrey Tautou. Aside from the film, you won’t be able to forget the fantastic soundtrack written by Jean-Claude Vannier (who has previously collaborated with Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy and Alain Bashung).

    Even if moments of Microbe & Gasoline bring to mind Zadie dans Le Metro or the early work of Francois Truffaut, foremost this is a wonderfully low-fi and free spirited movie that reminds us about the importance of being different and following our dreams.

    Vincent Hanon

    Screened at Alliance Francaise French Film Festival