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23 October 2003 (USA) See more »
A look at the work of director Michel Gondry, through his music videos, short films, and commercials. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Beck ... Himself (segment "Deadweight" and "I've Been Twelve Forever")

Björk ... Herself (numerous segments)
The Chemical Brothers ... Themselves (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Tom Rowlands ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The Chemical Brothers)
Ed Simons ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The Chemical Brothers)
Miho Hatori ... Herself (segments "Sugar Water" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as Cibo Matto)
Yuka Honda ... Herself (segments "Sugar Water" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as Cibo Matto)

Daft Punk ... Themselves (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")

Dave Grohl ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")

Jack White ... Himself (segments "Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground" - "The Hardest Button to Button" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The White Stripes)
Meg White ... Herself (segments "Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground" - "The Hardest Button to Button" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (as The White Stripes)
Sylvain Arnoux ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Karen Baird ... Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Heidi Bivens ... Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Étienne Charry ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Lauri Faggioni ... Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
François Gondry ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Marie-Noëlle Gondry ... Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Paul Gondry ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Twist ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Valdís Óskarsdóttir ... Herself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Nicolas Dufournet ... Himself (segment "Oui Oui Concert at La Tour Eiffel")
Matthieu Ballet ... Himself (segment "Oui Oui Concert at La Tour Eiffel")

Michel Gondry ... Himself (numerous segments)
Elodie Saada ... Aurélie (segment "La Lettre")
Thomas Mouty ... Stephane (segment "La Lettre")
Jérôme Monot ... The Brother (segment "La Lettre")
Frédéric Daniel ... Aurelie's Father (segment "La Lettre")
Ilda Mouty ... Aurelie's Mother (segment "La Lettre")

David Cross ... The Turd (segment "One Day...")

Jim Carrey ... The Driver (segment "Pecan Pie")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akhenaton ... Himself (segment "Je Danse Le Mia") (uncredited)

Patricia Arquette ... (segment "Like a Rolling Stone") (uncredited)
Thomas Bangalter ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever") (uncredited)

Ramzy Bedia ... (segment "Pecan Pie") (uncredited)

Jean-Michel Bernard ... Farfisa Organ salesman (uncredited)
Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo ... Himself (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever") (uncredited)
Robert del Naja ... Himself (segment "Protection") (uncredited)

Foo Fighters ... Themselves (segment "Everlong") (uncredited)

Taylor Hawkins ... Himself (segment "Everlong") (uncredited)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (segment "Like a Rolling Stone") (uncredited)

Eric Judor ... (segment "Pecan Pie") (uncredited)
Stephanie Landwehr ... Girl (segment "Let Forever Be") (uncredited)
Grant Marshall ... Himself (segment "Protection") (uncredited)
Massive Attack ... Themselves (segment "Protection") (uncredited)
Nate Mendel ... Himself (segment "Everlong") (uncredited)

Kylie Minogue ... Herself (segments "Come Into My World" and "I've Been Twelve Forever") (uncredited)

Keith Richards ... Himself (segment "Like a Rolling Stone") (uncredited)

The Rolling Stones ... Themselves (segment "Like a Rolling Stone") (uncredited)
Pat Smear ... Himself (segment "Everlong") (uncredited)
Tracey Thorn ... Herself (segment "Protection") (uncredited)
Mushroom Vowles ... Himself (segment "Protection") (uncredited)

Charlie Watts ... Himself (segment "Like a Rolling Stone") (uncredited)

Ron Wood ... Himself (segment "Like a Rolling Stone") (uncredited)

Directed by
Lance Bangs (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Jeff Buchanan (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Michel Gondry (numerous segments)
Cyril Merle (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Adrian Scartascini (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Writing credits
Michel Gondry (written by) (segment "La Lettre")

Michel Gondry (written by) (segment "One Day...")

Jim Carrey (written by) (segment "Pecan Pie")

Produced by
Lance Bangs .... co-producer
Georges Bermann .... producer (numerous segments) (as Georges Berman)
Myriam Bismuth .... producer (segment "Joga")
Jason Bistarkey .... producer (segment "One Day...")
Richard Brown .... producer
Pete Chambers .... executive producer (segment "Bachelorette", "Joga", "Protection")
Toby Courlander .... executive producer (segments "Drugstore", "Resignation", "Smarienberg")
Paul DeGooyer .... executive producer
Dan Dickenson .... executive producer (segments "Come Into My World", "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground", "Fell In Love With A Girl")
Yannick Dupas .... producer (segment "Come Into My World")
Steven Elliot .... producer (segment "Army of Me")
Julie Fong .... producer
Cathy Hood .... producer (segment "Isobel")
Ulfur H. Hrobjartsson .... producer (segment "Joga")
Matthew Justice .... producer (segment "Smarienberg")
Vincent Landay .... executive producer
Charlotte Lepot .... executive producer (segment "Fell In Love With A Girl")
Charlotte Lepot .... producer (segments "Star Guitar", "Come Into My World)
Inigo Lezzi .... producer (segments "Lucas With the Lid Off", "Protection")
Laurie Malaga .... executive producer (segment "Deadweight")
Michel Maniot .... line producer (segment "Human Behavior")
Claire Marquet .... producer (segment "Fell In Love With A Girl")
John Moule .... producer (segment "Sugar Water")
Mark Murrell .... producer (segment "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground")
Adrian Scartascini .... producer (segment "One Day...")
Lou Stellato .... executive producer: MTV2
Simon Poon Tip .... producer (segments "Hyper-Ballad", "Resignation")
Original Music by
Marie-Noëlle Gondry (segments "I've Been Twelve Forever", "La Lettre")
Michel Gondry (segment "One Day...")
Cinematography by
Lance Acord (segments "Bachelorette", "Let Forever Be")
Lance Bangs (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")
Olivier Cariou (segment "La Lettre")
Michel Gondry (segments "Joga", "The Hardest Button to Button")
Phil Klemmer (segment "Drumb and Drumber")
Alex Lamarque (segments "Around the World", "Come Into My World")
Max Malkin (segment "Deadweight")
Tim Maurice-Jones (numerous segments)
Pierre Rouger (segment "Everlong")
Harris Savides (segment "Like a Rolling Stone")
Adrian Scartascini (segment "One Day...")
Jean-Louis Bompoint (segment "Les Cailloux") (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Jeff Buchanan (segment "I've Been Twelve Forever")
Samuel Danési (segment "Fell In Love With A Girl")
Olivier Gajan (segment "Human Behavior")
François Gilgy (segment "Human Behavior")
Olivier Gondry (segment "Star Guitar")
Andy Grieve (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")
Geoff Hounsell (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")
Russell Icke (numerous segments)
Charles Johnston (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")
Philippe Kotlarski (segment "La Lettre")
John Murray (segment "Deadweight")
François Nemeta (segment "Oui Oui Concert at La Tour Eiffel")
Lost Planet (segment "One Day...")
Jeffrey Stevens (segment "One Day...")
Art Direction by
K.K. Barrett (segment "Let Forever Be")
Jean-Pascal Chalard (segment "Around the World")
Gilles Chapat (segment "Lucas With the Lid Off")
Christopher Chesney (segment "Dead Leaves & the Dirty Ground")
Robbie Freed (segments "Levi's: Drugstore" and "Smirnoff: Smarienberg")
Samantha Gore (segment "Bachelorette")
Marc Homes (segment "Sugar Water")
William Lakoff (segment "Everlong")
Happy Massee (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")
Pierre Pell (segment "Come Into My World")
Production Management
Raffi Adlan .... production manager
Gina Fortunato .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bertrand Delpierre .... first assistant director (segment "Like a Rolling Stone")
François Nemeta .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jon Spira .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Christophe Deroo .... camera operator: segment "Lou Bennet"
Jean Marc Mirete .... still photographer (segment "Like a Rolling Stone")
Animation Department
Sébastien Fau .... animator (segment "Fell In Love with a Girl")
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Baird .... costume designer: segment "The Hardest Button to Button"
Heidi Bivens .... costume designer: segment "The Hardest Button to Button"
Music Department
Bruno Mercere .... music mixer
Other crew
Becky Hutner .... intern
Katya Mokolo .... production assistant (segment "Lou Bennet")
Katya Mokolo .... production assistant: segment "Lou Bennet"
Katie Mulligan .... intern
Molly Mullin .... assistant to David Koh
Mary Osborne .... interview transcriptor
Amro Hamzawi .... thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • BUF
  • Duran (segment "Fell In Love with a Girl")
  • Mikros Image (segment "Fell In Love with a Girl")
  • The Mill (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")
Other Companies
  • Lost Planet  editing (segment "The Hardest Button to Button")

Additional Details

USA:300 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The White Stripes famous "Fell In Love With A Girl" lego video took over two months to complete. Every shot was done by hand, and changing a single block required much of the "sets" to be rebuilt.See more »
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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
From playing traps in music, to plying them in film, 20 June 2004
Author: ThurstonHunger from Palo Alto, CA, USA

Normally I'd lament the loss of an art-punk rocker to the realm of cinema, but in this case it is clear that Michel Gondry belongs in the director's chair, rather than behind a set of drums.

Throughout the overlong dual-sided disc, Gondry repeatedly lays traps to tromp l'oeil. He is French, you know. I actually had rented the Spike Jonze film from this series after getting jazzed by the previews for all three. But that one ended up putting me off a bit... It was only after seeing the remarkable "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" that I felt compelled to rent this. I should say I had also seen "Human Nature" which had its charm, but technically felt more akin to the cinematography of a Porky's sequel than to a renegade auteur.

But based on reviewing this, and again "Eternal" I do see remarkable promise for Monsieur Gondry. On this film, we get a glimpse of just how bad "Eternal" could have been thanks to a sixty second slice of "Pecan Pie" and Carrey's patented jim-nastic facial work-out. A lot o' yucks, and not the funny kind. David Cross however was the "bomb" in his scatalogical sketch. Even when Cross is not working blue, nor brown as in this case, he is scathingly funny.

The videos alone here radiate creativity. The center of Gondry's solipsistic solar system is childhood (dreams, puppy loves, memories of school dances). I sense that there's enough stardust to mine for quite some time. Even if Gondry does ever turn 13, at some time he may be able to tap into his own progeny for production. Although the brief boat-by shooting of film indicates that his son might be an enfant and perhaps terrible as well, but perhaps no "enfant terrible."

Anyways the videos are captivating, rarely do I come across a music video that as soon as it is done, I'm ready to watch it again. Or see it backwards. Remember that, all you folks old enough to have had home movies on super 8 and such?

Speaking of home movies, the longest section on this film is split in two, and does trace much of Gondry's connection to his family. I found this decently engaging, especially when we see the construction of a zoetrope, discussion of flipbooks and early films. Plus his grandfather created the clavioline! Though I'm more of an Oskar Sala guy myself, that's still pretty cool...I think Sun Ra played one.

I get the feeling Gondry will choose some significant challenges over the course of a long film career, but fortunately he was born with gigantic hands despite the fact that he's so tiny.

While this is not essential viewing, I enjoyed it, even though at times I was paying to watch commercials, very imaginative ones nonetheless. My young kids really dug some of this videos, as did my wife and I.


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