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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
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.