Directed by Michel Gondry
With Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou
Rated R, 105 minutes, DCP
French with English subtitles
Théo (Théophile Baquet) and Daniel (Ange Dargent) receive derisive nicknames from their Versaillais classmates (Gasoline and Microbe, respectively) and suffer a slew of young adolescent insults and abuses. They find solace in each other and their passions, including drawing, junk repurposing, and real-life Foley artistry. Like true Gondry characters (and Gondry himself), the two friends’ riposte to societal indignities is inventive, fantastic, and adventurous: They channel the Elkhart spirit and build an RV that launches them on a road trip into the French countryside.
Co-presented by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.