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The Thorn in the Heart (2009)

L'épine dans le coeur (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 2 April 2010 (USA)
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Michel Gondry chronicles the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.

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Michel Gondry

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Michel Gondry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzette Gondry Suzette Gondry ... Herself
Jean-Yves Gondry Jean-Yves Gondry ... Himself
Michel Gondry ... Himself
Sasha Allard Sasha Allard ... Herself
Paul Gondry ... Himself
Remi Andre Remi Andre ... Himself
Lucas Andreo Lucas Andreo ... Himself
Laura Arjailles Laura Arjailles ... Herself
Sophie Balderelli Sophie Balderelli ... Herself
Viviane Bastide Viviane Bastide ... Herself
Henri Bec Henri Bec ... Himself
Gabrielle Bell Gabrielle Bell ... Herself
Denis Bertaux Denis Bertaux ... Himself
Denis Bertavy Denis Bertavy ... Himself
Francis Bertot Francis Bertot ... Himself
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Michel Gondry chronicles the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thorn in the Heart See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,173, 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,994, 11 April 2010
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Partizan Films, Partizan See more »
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Gondry's portrait
2 April 2010 | by tomaslawSee all my reviews

Just saw this film in NYC, there was also a Q&A after with the man himself after.

I found the film to be a beautiful portrait of someone's life, and how the people around them are affected. Michel said in the Q&A that he wanted to give his Aunt some visual record/history of her life, and this film goes to show that you don't need to create a Hollywood fictional character, real people are just as interesting and entertaining. Gondry uses a mixture of visual formats to illustrate the documentary, from super 8 to his well known stop motion. This adds a richness, and a historical depth that works within the context of the film. The film is emotionally moving at times and also humorous. The film is simple and enjoyable, one that does not need to be taken too seriously, yet carries tones of a maturity in Gondry's work that is often not always so prominent.

Go see it!


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