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Microbe & Gasoline (2015)

Microbe et Gasoil (original title)
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Two young friends embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves.


Michel Gondry


Michel Gondry
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ange Dargent Ange Dargent ... Daniel
Théophile Baquet Théophile Baquet ... Théo (as Theophile Baquet)
Diane Besnier Diane Besnier ... Laura
Audrey Tautou ... Marie-Thérèse
Vincent Lamoureux Vincent Lamoureux ... Steve
Agathe Peigney Agathe Peigney ... Agathe
Douglas Brosset Douglas Brosset ... Oscar
Charles Raymond Charles Raymond ... Kevin
Ferdinand Roux-Balme Ferdinand Roux-Balme ... Simon
Marc Delarue Marc Delarue ... Romain
Ely Penh Ely Penh ... Le chef de bande
Laurent Poitrenaux Laurent Poitrenaux ... Le dentiste
Jana Bittnerová ... Madame Leloir (as Jana Bittnerova)
Zimsky Zimsky ... Monsieur Leloir
Fabio Zenoni Fabio Zenoni ... Christian


Two young friends embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sex-related material involving young teens | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Theo urges Daniel to enter a drawing contest for kids though he's overage, since he looks much younger with his "gueule d'ange d'argent" ("silver angel face"). Daniel is performed by young actor Ange Dargent so the joke about his face is true on more than one level. See more »


Spoofs Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990) See more »

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Sweet natured French road trip comedy
21 February 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Microbe is the nickname for Daniel as he is the smallest in his class. A thinker and a bit of an artist he doesn't really fit in all that well with the other kids. Then one day a new boy starts school. This is Theo and he has to help his father in his shop, so turns up at school smelling of petrol – and thereby gets the nickname 'Gasoline'. They know they are unappreciated in a sea of mediocrity with their fellow class mates but can not think what to do about it.

However Theo is also a bit of a mechanic and they hit upon the great – if unoriginal idea – to run away; or rather drive away from home. What follows is a very entertaining and engaging road trip of a movie but with an awful lot of differences and some great performances too.

This is well made and does have some laugh out loud moments but it is not a rip roarin comedy extravaganza. That said I really enjoyed it – director Michel Gondry manages to capture that fleeting innocence and anomie that causes kids to bond with each other – recommended to fans of European cinema and those who just like a feel good film.

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Release Date:

8 July 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Versailles, Yvelines, France See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,882, 3 July 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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