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The Thorn in the Heart
- Michel Gondry

Overview - Filmmaker Michel Gondry turns from the playful semi-surrealism of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP to the personal story of a beloved family member in this documentary. Suzette Gondry is Michel's aunt and a retired schoolteacher; she educated children in rural communities in France from 1952 to 1986.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Filmmaker Michel Gondry turns from the playful semi-surrealism of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP to the personal story of a beloved family member in this documentary. Suzette Gondry is Michel's aunt and a retired schoolteacher; she educated children in rural communities in France from 1952 to 1986. While Suzette was committed to the education of all her students, she was a particularly close with one in particular -- her son, Jean-Yves, with whom she's had a loving but sometimes combative relationship. Michel accompanies Suzette on a journey in which she visits the many schools where she taught -- or the sites where those schools once stood -- and speaks of her experiences. She also meets some of her former students, and it's clear they recall Suzette as a woman with a kind heart but a strong will, and her determination earned her the enmity of a few of her charges. L'EPINE DANS LE COEUR (aka THE THORN IN THE HEART) was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

Cast List

Michel Gondry - Director, HUMAN NATURE (2002)
Guillaume Lebraz
Jean-Louis Bompoint - Dir. of Photography, THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP, (2006)
Khalio Tahhar
Suzette Gondry
Jean-Yves Gondry

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 86
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 896602002166
  • Genre: Foreign Video - French
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: January 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Education/General Interest

Related Keywords:
History
Documentary
Relationships
Families
Teachers
Education

 
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Reviews:
"THE THORN IN THE HEART's home-movie-style images are frequently lovely and the film has flashes of poignancy..." - 04/01/2010 A.V. Club


"THORN is about as personal a project as you'll see from a major filmmaker: a documentary portrait of Mr. Gondry's formidable Aunt Suzette, a family linchpin and former schoolteacher..." - 04/02/2010 New York Times


"Gondry captures the leafy radiance of the countryside, and he makes judicious use of special-effects whimsies." - 05/13/2010 Los Angeles Times


3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n intimate documentary about the maverick film-makers's aunt....It consists of nostalgic interviews..." - 01/01/2011 Uncut


"THE THORN IN THE HEART is an attempt to preserve on film the much loved matriarch of his extended family, both providing a warm tribute to her while she's still around to appreciate it, and bottling the memory of her for the ages." - 01/01/2011 Sight and Sound


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] quiet yet enthralling mediation on family life..." - 12/10/2010 Empire


3 stars out of 5 -- "Michel Gondry turns documentary-maker in this subtle, affectionate portrait of his aunt Suzette..." - 01/01/2011 Total Film

 
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