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The Thorn in the Heart

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region Free (info)
  • 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.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "THE THORN IN THE HEART's home-movie-style images are frequently lovely and the film has flashes of poignancy..."
    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..."
    New York Times

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

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