Two teen boys, nicknamed “Microbe” (Ange Dargent) and “Gasoline” (Théophile Baquet) build their own car and escape being outcasts in the village by hitting the highway. This film is another quirky, minor miracle from Michel Gondry, sketched on the back of a wisp of a memory of his own antics as a teenager in France. The heartfelt, personal “Microbe & Gasoline” may be Gondry’s best work since the still incredible “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.” With Audrey Tautou, Diane Besnier, Vincent Lamoureux. 103m. (Ray Pride)
“Microbe & Gasoline” opens Friday, July 29 at the Music Box. A trailer is below.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.