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Michel Gondry, Microbe & Gasoline, 2015

Microbe & Gasoline

13 Nov 201522 Nov 2015

The new handmade-SFX comedy from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindBe Kind Rewind) is set in an autobiographical key. Teenage misfits Microbe (Ange Dargent) and Gasoline (Théophile Baquet), one nicknamed for his size and the other for his love of all things mechanical and fuel-powered, become fast friends.

Unloved in school and misunderstood at home—Microbe is overprotected, Gasoline is by turns ignored and abused—they decide to build a house on wheels (complete with a collapsible flower window box) and sputter, push and coast their way to the camp where Gasoline went as a child, with a stop along the way to visit Microbe’s crush (Diane Besnier). Gondry’s visual imagination is prodigious, and so is his cultivation of spontaneously generated fun and off-angled lyricism, his absolute irreverence and his emotional frankness. This is one of his freshest and loveliest films, featuring Audrey Tatou as Microbe’s mom.

Microbe & Gasoline, dir. Michel Gondry, France 2015, 103 mins.

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