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The Thorn in the Heart Details

  • Release Date: Apr 02, 2010
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Michel Gondry


Filmmaker [[Performer~P290174~Michel Gondry~michelgondry]] turns from the playful semi-surrealism of [[Feature~V278676~Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind~eternalsunshineofthespotlessmind]] and [[Feature~V342289~The Science of Sleep~thescienceofsleep]] to the personal story of a beloved family member in this documentary. [[Performer~P636847~Suzette Gondry~suzettegondry]] is [[Performer~P290174~Michel~michelgondry]]'s aunt and a retired schoolteacher; she educated children in rural communities in France from 1952 to 1986. While [[Performer~P636847~Suzette~suzettegondry]] was committed to the education of all her students, she was a particularly close with one in particular -- her son, [[Performer~P636848~Jean-Yves~jeanyvesgondry]], with whom she's had a loving but sometimes combative relationship. [[Performer~P290174~Michel~michelgondry]] accompanies [[Performer~P636847~Suzette~suzettegondry]] 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 [[Performer~P636847~Suzette~suzettegondry]] 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 2, 2010



Michel Gondry
Georges Bermann
Michel Gondry
Jean-Louis Bompoint
Nathaniel Hörnblowér
Executive Producer
Guillaume Le braz
Sound/Sound Designer

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