Suzette, Michel Gondry’s aunt, was a school teacher from 1952 to 1986 and she tells Michel how it was to be a teacher by then in a rural and isolated part of France. But little by little, Michel discovers some family stories he was totally unaware of and uses his camera to explore it in a subtle but very emotional way. —Cannes Film Festival
Pioneering director Michel Gondry’s remarkable creative energy and ability to innovate have resulted in some of the most visually stunning music videos in the history of the medium, and his wild imagination and organic, childlike imagery raised the bar of what one could achieve in the short format. In particular, his technique of placing numerous cameras around a subject and combining the images to form a visually astonishing sweeping effect has become so popular that it has since gone on to achieve timeless notoriety in such films as the The Matrix. With a family background that consists of a number of inventors and technological innovators, Gondry, not surprisingly, is seen as a bottomless wealth of imaginative innovation.
Michel Gondry is a native of Versailles who was raised in a freethinking family that encouraged and supported his creative endeavors; his parents harbored a deep love of pop music and the works of Duke Ellington, in particular. Gondry’s grandfather Constant… read more
As fun as Gondry is and as interesting as it is to see where his whimsical approach to film making comes from (occasionally subverting the documentary format) you're left wondering why you should care. I guess there are some universally fraught family tensions but generally it feels like this film is made for his own family and not intended for a wider audience.
A funny thing happened on the way to the weekend. Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass, with Ed Norton playing twin brothers — the gag
Above: Claude and Nathan Miller's I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive. March at the Film Society of Lincoln Center has been something of an annual