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  • Summary: The Thorn in the Heart is a personal look at the life of Gondry family matriarch, Michel's aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.
    Michel examines Suzette's years as a school teacher and her life in rural France. During the course of filming the documentary,
    Michel unearths new family stories and uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way. (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 70
    A quiet, unglamorous film that sneaks up on you slowly. I found it had a lovely, peculiar emotional resonance by the time it was over, but it's likely to appeal more to documentary buffs and obsessive Gondry fans than ordinary moviegoers.
  2. 67
    If he’d pulled back more, Gondry might’ve seen the real story here: how maternal figures often look better to people who don’t actually have them for a mother.
  3. But overall, this lazy, sweet trifle seems to express the banality of well-being.
  4. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Should be intriguing to all who know the family, as well as to cineastes yonder at the arty film schools who will lap up its elliptical/self-reflexive style. Normal people will simply walk out on it.
  5. Overall, the movie has the bantamweight feel of a really long DVD extra: Little details of the director’s ancestral stomping grounds are appealing, but don’t jell into something satisfying.
  6. The connection they share is clear; the reason we're invited to sit in is foggy at best.

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