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The Thorn in the Heart (2010) Why did Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , make this wee-size, super-nice documentary about his Aunt Suzette, who was… 2010-04-02 PT86MINS. Documentary Jean-Yves Gondry Suzette Gondry
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The Thorn in the Heart (2010)

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The Thorn in the Heart | NOSTALGIA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry puts his aunt's memories on display in the documentary The Thorn in the Heart .
NOSTALGIA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry puts his aunt's memories on display in the documentary The Thorn in the Heart.
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C-

Details Release Date: Apr 02, 2010; Length: 86 mins.; Genre: Documentary; With: Jean-Yves Gondry and Suzette Gondry

Why did Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, make this wee-size, super-nice documentary about his Aunt Suzette, who was once a devoted grade-school teacher? You can see that he meant it to be a toasty slice of nostalgia — and for Gondry, it surely is. For us, The Thorn in the Heart is more like a home movie of a family reunion we weren't invited to. Suzette Gondry, all white hair and laughing memories, seems like a lovely person, and there are a few moments of tension concerning Gondry's older gay cousin. But overall, this lazy, sweet trifle seems to express the banality of well-being. C–

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Originally posted Mar 30, 2010 Published in issue #1097 Apr 09, 2010 Order article reprints