The We and the I

From Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) comes his most personal film yet. It is the last day of the school year, and a group of Bronx high-schoolers board a city bus to make their way home. With the summer break ahead, and feeling more liberated than usual, this colorful crowd of kids—the cool ones, the outsiders, and everyone in between—act out as only teens can when they are among their peers and away from authority figures. They gossip and gloat, brag and bully, cajole and confide, exchange truths and tall tales, and spar verbally and physically. In short, they are unapologetically themselves at this pivotal point in their lives when the pressures and realities of adulthood have yet to turn them into someone else. In the course of this one afternoon, all their friendships, rivalries, anxieties and ambitions are gradually revealed. Though set almost entirely on the bus, Gondry’s customary visual flair enlivens the film with an inventive mix of smart phone videos, text messages and witty trompe l’oeil effects, making The We and the I a totally authentic, one-of-a-kind evocation of the energy, anarchy and enthusiasm of teenagers living in the here and the now.

“To call this thrillingly original, deeply felt movie a coming-of-age story would be to insult it with cliché. It’s much more the story, or rather a series of interlocking, incomplete stories, about what it feels like to be a certain age and to feel caught, as the title suggests, between the desire to be yourself and the longing to fit in.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times


Date: April 26 2013—May 2 2013
Cost: Members $4 | Non-members $8


4/30 Tuesday – 8:15 PM
5/1 Wednesday – 8:15 PM
5/2 Thursday – 8:15 PM
Final Show!

Directed By: Michel Gondry
Run Time: 103 minutes
Origin: USA | United Kingdom | France
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Year: 2012

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503



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