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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #80. Michel Gondry’s Microbe et Gasoil

Microbe et Gasoil

Director: Michel Gondry // Writer: Michel Gondry

Though his last feature, 2013’s zany and effervescent Mood Indigo, had a tortured flight to the box office, the steadily busy Michel Gondry also released a documentary, Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?. Now, he’s reteaming with his Indigo star Audrey Tautou to headline a cast of newcomers with a roadtrip film that recounts the wild adventures of two teenagers who are somewhat marginalised: the tiny “Microbe” and the inventive “Gasoil”. As the summer holidays get ever nearer, the two friends have no intention of spending the two months with their families. So with the help of a lawnmower engine and various planks of wood, they decide to build their own “car” and set off on an adventurous road trip around France.

Cast: Audrey Tautou and a cast of first-time children actors.

Producers: StudioCanal, Partizan Films’ Georges Bermann (Dog Pound)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Gondry last appeared at Cannes with 2012’s The We and the I in the Director’s Fortnight, an inspired if ultimately uneven film thanks to some amateurish performances from teenage unknowns. While filming took place in August, Gondry seems to be returning to that realm, and could very well avoid festivals altogether based on the underwhelming response his last film received there.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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