The We and the I

Michel Gondry, USA, UK, France 2012, 103’

On the last day of school, the atmosphere on the bus returning students home through the Bronx suburbs transforms rapidly inside under the influence of hormones and moods, where sex, violence, plastic bras and blond wigs boil over. Gondry’s camera rarely peeps through the windows; it draws near and runs from faces, squeezes between seats, spies on chats and trembles during turns. It never goes outside the bus. The We and the I is like Laurent Cantet’s The Class mixed with Larry Clark’s Kids, who finally meet at Breakfast Club under the supervision of John Hughes.

Michel Gondry

Born 1964 in Versailles, France, Michel Gondry’s filmmaking career began as a music video director, including for artists such as Oui Oui, Björk, The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers and many others. Gondry’s feature film debut came in 2001 with Human Nature. He claimed that Back to the Future was one of his favorite films, and if offered a quirky, funny, big-budget movie, he would do it in a minute. In 2011, his dreams came true when he directed The Green Hornet. The We and the I is his seventh feature-length film.

Selected filmography

2001 Wojna plemników / Human Nature

2004 Zakochany bez pamięci / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2005 Impreza na krawężniku (dok.) / Block Party (doc.)

2006 Jak we śnie / La science des rêves / The Science of Sleep

2008 Ratunku! Awaria / Be Kind Rewind

2011 Green Hornet 3D / The Green Hornet

2012 To my, a to ja / The We and the I


Cast & Crew

director Michel Gondry
screenplay Michel Gondry, Jeffrey Grimshaw, Paul Proch
cinematography Alex Disenhof
editing Jeff Buchanan
music editing Paul Hsu
cast Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn, Raymond Delgado, Jonathan Ortiz, Jonathan Scott Worrell, Alex Barrios, Laidychen Carrasco, Meghan Murphy, Konchen Carrasco
producer Raffi Adlan, Georges Bermann, Julie Fong
production Partizan, Next Stop Production
sales Kinology
language English
coloration colour
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