CHARM­ING, WARM, UT­TERLY LOVELY FEA­TURE FLICK

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

THERE is cer­tainly no lack of con­tent in the male teen bond­ing sub-genre, with the likes of The Goonies, Stand By Me, Amer­i­can Pie, Su­per­bad and many more on the ever-grow­ing list.

In fact, one may be­lieve the com­ing of age, sex­ual awak­en­ing, re­belling against au­thor­ity dur­ing those tran­si­tional teen years types of sto­ries could pos­si­bly be laid to rest for while, with seem­ingly ev­ery an­gle al­ready ex­plored.

And yet here we have an­other. Mi­crobe & Gaso­line cov­ers those awk­ward years be­tween boy­hood and man­hood.

First crushes, em­bar­rass­ing sib­lings and an­noy­ing par­ents: di­rec­tor Michel Gondry finds there is still juice left in the

Michel Gondry Ange Dar­gent, Theophile Ba­quet, Au­drey Tautou

Ju­lian Wright

tropes.

Gawky 14-year-old Daniel (Ange Dar­gent) – whose slen­der physique and long hair of­ten leads to him be­ing mis­taken for a girl – and bright out­sider with a knack for me­chan­ics Theo (Theophile Ba­quet) be­come friends at school.

Their time to­gether is spent build­ing a mo­torised ve­hi­cle they can drive across France to es­cape their par­ents.

Ad­ven­tures, quirky ac­quain­tances and drama inevitably un­fold along the way.

Drip­ping with sin­cer­ity, Mi­crobe & Gaso­line fea­tures a like­able pair of young char­ac­ters and an ap­peal­ing, non-ob­nox­ious cou­ple of ac­tors who bring them to life.

It does not dwell on de­press­ing drama, in­stead al­low­ing the hu­mour to shine through.

While not al­ways a be­liev­able story, it is a beau­ti­ful one that leaves the au­di­ence with a last­ing smile and warm feel­ing.

Mi­crobe & Gaso­line screens as part of the Al­liance Fran­caise French Film Fes­ti­val, which runs from March 16 to April 7.

Go to www.af­french­film­fes­ti­val.org.

It’s tough grow­ing up... Theophile Ba­quet and Ange Dar­gent in Mi­crobe&Gaso­line.

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