An Introduction to Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry was the man who directed Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind, which means if you've seen that, you've already had an introduction of sorts. Now let me tell you about some of his other beautifully surreal films.

The Science Of Sleep was the second Michel Gondry film I saw, and by far it is one of my favourites, and (in my opinion) better than Eternal Sunshine. In Science, Stephane has moved back to his childhood home to work as a copywriter, during the course of the film Stephane struggles with his feelings for Stephanie, and to separate his dreams from reality. The whole this is beautifully surreal and features animation alongside live action. Science is wildly inventive and is a favourite to curl up to watch when it's cold and blustery outside.

Mood Indigo is again, a romance story of a woman who has a flower that begins to grow in her lungs, to save her, Chloe must be always surround by fresh flowers. It's as beautiful, if not more so than Science, and again uses the Michel Gondry formula of stop motion and live action visual delights.

Granted, Mood Indigo is a far more tragic tale than The Science of Sleep, but both have the same analytical but whimsical look of love and romance that Michel Gondry uses in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, they're films I come back to time and time again.

Michel Gondry also directed The We and the I, an interesting, captivating film about teenagers in America who travel on the same bus to school, the film is shot over on the bus and is reminds me strongly of The Breakfast Club, and although it may not have the surreal stop-motion of his other films, The We and the I is still a story about love and loss that is beautifully told.