The Thorn in the Heart

The Thorn in the Heart

Director: Michel Gondry Cast: Suzette Gondry, Jean-Yves Gondry

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Filmmaker Michel Gondry turns from the playful semi-surrealism of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep to the personal story of a beloved family member in this documentary. Suzette Gondry is Michel's aunt and a retired schoolteacher; she educated children in rural communities in France from 1952 to 1986. While Suzette was committed to the education of all her students, she was a particularly close with one in particular -- her son, Jean-Yves, with whom she's had a loving but sometimes combative relationship. Michel accompanies Suzette 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 Suzette 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2010
UPC: 0896602002166
Original Release: 2009
Source: Oscilloscope
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 81,095

Special Features

A Brief History of the Harkis; Techno Suzette; Calendars Doodled - One Year Of Drawings by Youngsters; Stop Motion Animation by Gondry Collaborator Valerie Pirson; Charlotte Gainsbourg's "Little Monsters"; Post-Screening Q&A with Gondry at SXSW Premiere; In Conversation - A Special Event with Michel Gondry at SXSW Film Festival

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thorn in the Heart
1. Sauerkraut And Couscous [5:43]
2. Teaching In Les Salles [6:37]
3. Mother as Teacher [7:23]
4. Harki School Children [5:30]
5. Home Movies [3:59]
6. A Film by Grémillon [4:52]
7. "It's Not Easy" [7:02]
8. The Mayor's Wife [3:37]
9. Invisible [5:21]
10. Jean-Guy [5:51]
11. New York [4:55]
12. Avant-Garde Teacher [5:59]
13. "The Thorn In My Heart" [1:31]
14. Reunions [2:10]
15. "She's Gone All Showbiz" [6:12]
16. End Credits [7:36]

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