Ask anyone born in the last 30-50 years for a list of their ten favorite movies, and more often than not you’ll see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind somewhere on that list. This modern classic announced two things to the world: Jim Carrey could really act, and Michel Gondry could REALLY direct.
Though Gondry had already made a decent name for himself by directing Human Nature, which was another Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine) script, as well as popular music videos for Bjork, Foo Fighters, and The White Stripes, Eternal Sunshine made him a household name for indie film lovers everywhere. Since then his whimsical style and boundless imagination have brought us movies that always seem to spark creativity in others; films like The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind have inspired young people across the globe to pick up a camera.
Well, Michel Gondry is back with a new film called The We and the I, which premiered at Cannes last May and will make its Austin premiere at Stateside Independent this Monday April 15 at 7:00pm, and just about everyone is falling in love with this one. As A.O. Scott of The New York Times says in his Critics’ Pick review, “To call this thrillingly original, deeply felt movie a coming-of-age story would be to insult it with cliché.”
Forgoing his usual camera tricks, Gondry focuses his attention this time on a group of high school students, played not by professional actors but by actual honest-to-goodness high school students from the Bronx. Rather than relying once again on the visual adventurousness that has brought life to so many of his previous films, this time Gondry leaves it to the kids to invigorate the film with the effervescence of youth and the boundless energy of New Yorkers. And they don’t let him, or us, down.
The one thing this film does have in common with Gondry’s past work is that it is truly one of a kind. Don’t miss your only opportunity to see it in a movie theater in Austin! Check out the trailer below: