Microbe et Gasoil @ French Film Festival

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What: Microbe et Gasoil, screening for The Alliance French Film Festival

Where: Palace Cinemas (also screening at Kino Cinema and The Astor)

When: March 2 - March 24

Microbe et Gasoil

Michel Gondry's latest film Microbe et Gasoil is superb; whimsical will be used too often to describe the coming of age drama but it's fitting. Two 14-year-old misfits build their own car and road-trip around France so as not to disappoint their future selves with their youthful cowardliness or ennui. To me, it's most reminiscent of Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky, the ease in which Gondry captures the intimate playfulness of young Ange Dargent (Microbe) and Théophile Baquet (Gasoil) is charming even to the most cynical film critic.

Contempt 5

The Alliance French Film Festival features 48 films this year, screening between March 2 and 24. Unfortunately I haven't seen any films besides Gondry's however looking at the bill the ones I can say that I'll be attending are:

Mon Roi -Maïwenn (skiing accidents and painkiller addictions)

Dheepan - Jacques Audiard (Tamil refugee warrior in the Parisian Ghettos)

Lolo – Julie Deply (Julie directs and stars)

Heat Wave - Raphaël Jacoulot (Not enough water means Josef's jokes aren't taken so well)