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The We and the I

Directed by Michel Gondry
United Kingdom, United States, 2012


Workshopped with a group of teens from The Bronx over the course of 3 years, Michel Gondry’s The We and The I gives an inside look into the dynamics, drama and hilarity that emerge on a real-time bus ride through The Bronx on the last day of school.

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The We and the I Directed by Michel Gondry
At its finest and most affecting, The We and the I is a window onto youth’s forever moments, those heavy gaps between school and home, senior year and summer, the person you are and the person you hope to be—when the future is a distant void and all the best and worst parts of life span the length of a city bus.
March 14, 2013
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The kids start out ensconced in specific groups based on race, culture, and personal taste, defining themselves as class clowns or tough guys or sensitive artists, but the ones who stick around longest get impelled toward singular identities as the bus empties out, the carapace of their assumed personas giving way to moments of real emotional vulnerability.
March 02, 2013
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As is to be expected, the film has a few thespian misfires; similarly, its multidimensional scope prohibits the narrative from focusing on any single character. At least, that is, until the very last scenes, at which point only a few riders remain. But the fluidity and immediacy of Gondry’s eye (and camera), and the film’s identification with a city’s youthful life force are infectious. Embedded in his subject matter, the director, in essence, has gone native.
March 01, 2013
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