The Thorn in the Heart Synopsis
Filmmaker Michel Gondry chronicles the life of the family matriarch, Suzette Gondry.
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
This is an extraordinary film.
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By Andrew O'Hehir
A quiet, unglamorous film that sneaks up on you slowly. I found it had a lovely, peculiar emotional resonance by the time it was over, but...
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Los Angeles Times

Gondry captures the leafy radiance of the countryside, and he makes judicious use of special-effects whimsies. But this memory piece will...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The film is well-constructed, as one would expect from Gondry, but it offers little reason for anyone outside the family circle to care...
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The New York Times

You might think that the small-scale, straightforward style and intimate connections of The Thorn in the Heart would result in something...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
But overall, this lazy, sweet trifle seems to express the banality of well-being.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Should be intriguing to all who know the family, as well as to cineastes yonder at the arty film schools who will lap up its...
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Time Out New York

By Nicolas Rapold
Overall, the movie has the bantamweight feel of a really long DVD extra: Little details of the director’s ancestral stomping grounds are...
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Village Voice

It's a shock, then, that The Thorn in the Heart, Gondry's documentary about his own family, is so unimaginative and inaccessible.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The connection they share is clear; the reason we're invited to sit in is foggy at best.
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Heart-felt and Beautiful!

By StarWarsLuvr
Michel Gondry captured the beauty and the soul from his aunt's amazing journey as a schoolteacher, a wife and a mother throughout this film. I was pleasantly surprised how open and giving his aunt...

life of Suzette Gondry

By razmatazern
I was able to see this movie at SXSW this year, and I'm grateful that I had that privilege. I really enjoy being able to look into a stranger's life and just learn random tidbits that would...

The Thorn in the Heart

By tenderghost
Michel Gondry is so adept at expressing the human condition and is successful in that endeavor again with this touching homage to his aunt who obviously influenced his life and art. I loved the 8mm...

worth a trip

By AdamDaniels
A touching and earnest film portrayed by Gondry in an honest fashion....

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Rated NR