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The Thorn in the Heart

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The Thorn in the Heart | NOSTALGIA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry puts his aunt's memories on display in the documentary The Thorn in the Heart .

The Thorn in the Heart

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
86 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/02/10
performer:
Jean-Yves Gondry, Suzette Gondry
director:
Michel Gondry
author:
Michel Gondry
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C-

Why did Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, make this wee-size, super-nice documentary about his Aunt Suzette, who was once a devoted grade-school teacher? You can see that he meant it to be a toasty slice of nostalgia — and for Gondry, it surely is. For us, The Thorn in the Heart is more like a home movie of a family reunion we weren’t invited to. Suzette Gondry, all white hair and laughing memories, seems like a lovely person, and there are a few moments of tension concerning Gondry’s older gay cousin. But overall, this lazy, sweet trifle seems to express the banality of well-being. C?

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