Microbe and Gasoline

Michel Gondry

France, 2014 / 103 min / French original version / Comedy

An optimistic adolescent adventure about friendship in the mess of real life.

The wild adventures of two teenagers who are somewhat marginalized: the tiny Microbe and the inventive Gasoil. As the summer holidays get ever nearer, the two friends have no intention of spending the two months with their families. So with the help of a lawnmower engine and various planks of wood, they decide to build their own "car" and set off on an adventurous road trip around France.

Fri 04/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia FR Scolaire

“With “Microbe and Gasoline,” the French writer-director has wisely restrained his usual flourishes, allowing the two teenage leads in his relatively calm summer-vacation coming-of-age comedy to assume centerstage, imbuing them with creative agency rather than forcing them to compete with the film’s own style. What emerges is an admittedly small but wonderfully sincere portrait of two adolescent outsiders determined to pave their own way in the world.” Peter Debruge, Variety, 09/07/2015

Cast & Credits
Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Audrey Tautou
Michel Gondry
Laurent Brunet
Guillaume Le Braz, Jean Gargonne, Dominique Gaboriau
Stéphane Rozenbaum
Jean-Claude Vannier
Partizan Films
The Festival Agency

Michel Gondry, born 1963, is a French director and screenwriter. Alongside Chris Cunningham and Spike Jonze, Gondry is known as a major reinventor of the music video. With the help of Charlie Kaufman, he took his first steps in filmmaking with "Human Nature" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". In 2011, he made his first blockbuster, "The Green Hornet", an adaptation of a television series of the 1960s.

  • 2015, Microbe et Gasoil
  • 2013, Is the Man who is Tall Happy?
  • 2013, L’Ecume des Jours
  • 2012, The We and the I
  • 2011, The Green Hornet
  • 2008, Be Kind Rewind
  • 2008, Tokyo!
  • 2004, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
  • 2001, Human Nature