Microbe and Gasoline

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France | 2015 | 105 minutes | Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry's wildly inventive and sweetly comic celebration of friendship joins two teenage misfits—Microbe, an artist, and Gasoline, a mechanic—on an unconventional road trip through the French countryside in a homemade house on wheels.

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Daniel is an artist, plagued by existential crises, lovelorn and lonely. Oh, and he's only 14, known by his peers as "Microbe" for his small stature. Theo is a skilled mechanic, has an eye for the best pieces at a junkyard, and rides a tricked-out motorbike complete with an attached boom box—everyone calls him "Gasoline," because, well, he stinks. These two outsider teens form an immediate bond when Theo transfers to Daniel's school, and soon spend their time daydreaming of ways to cement their individuality and achieve ultimate freedom from their stuffy classmates and eccentric families. They turn their focus to building a car—a means of escape—made with an old lawnmower motor and built to look like a small cabin in case the cops realize they can't legally drive. As soon as summer break begins, they hit the road. Newcomers Ange Darget and Theophile Baquet deliver brilliant performances as Daniel and Theo, providing an unmistakable authenticity and charm, while director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) unexpectedly sheds his veil of elaborate whimsy and tries his hand at a more grounded and personal coming-of-age story, with great results.

Director Biography
Michel Gondry is an Academy Award®-winning French director who began work as an acclaimed music-video director before transitioning to feature films. His most notable works include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, and Mood Indigo (SIFF 2014). Microbe and Gasoline is his eighth feature film.

Sponsored by Cornish College of the Arts, Underground Tour

  • Original Language Title: Microbe et Gasoil
  • Director: Michel Gondry
  • Principal Cast: Audrey Tautou, Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Diane Besnier
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Georges Bermann
  • Screenplay: Michel Gondry
  • Cinematographers: Laurent Brunet
  • Editors: Elise Fievet
  • Music: Jean-Claude Vannier
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Mood Indigo (2013); The We and the I (2012); The Green Hornet (2011); Be Kind Rewind (2007); The Science of Sleep (2006); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004); Human Nature (2001)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Screen Media Films
  • International Sales: Studio Canal