The We and the I
The We and the I

Film Review

Film title
The We and the I
Director
Michel Gondry
Starring
Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn, Laidychen Carrasco, Raymond Delgado, Jonathan Ortiz, Jonathan Worrell, Alex Barrios
Release date
TBC
Certificate
TBC

More info

Closing film of Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2013

13 Feb – GFT 2 @ 20.50

glasgowfilm.org/festival/whats_on/4560_the_we_and_the_i

The We and the I

4/5 stars
Film review by Jamie Dunn.
Published 11 February 2013

It's the last day of school and a horde of chattering adolescents squeeze on to a Bronx-bound bus. The backseat is the elongated throne belonging to four bullying alpha males; down front an assortment of geeks, freaks and beauty queens jostle for space on the food chain. Even more energetic than The We and the I's greenhorn cast is its director, Michel Gondry. The Frenchman's chaotic love letter to teen turmoil crackles with wit and imagination.

Visually and sonically we could be watching a movie from the late '80s: the washed out, sun-bleached aesthetic looks like early Spike Lee, while the soundtrack (Young MC, Run DMC, Slick Rick) belongs to these kids' parents. Rather than being a period piece, however, we're very much in the here and now, with smart phones used to communicate as often as smart mouths.

The film's claustrophobic one-location setting is continually opening out thanks to comic digressions and gonzo flashbacks, which are vividly brought to life in Gondry’s trademark sticky-back-plastic style. It’s not all whimsy, though. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director doesn’t shy away from the cruelty kids can inflict on each other when they move in packs or the loneliness felt by those who find themselves excluded from the crowd.