Microbe et Gasoil is blissfully escapist // Monumental Pictures

There’s a common perception that French cinema that makes its way to the Anglophone world is becoming a genre unto itself, which is something that Michel Gondry’s lighthearted and oh so…well, French, Microbe et Gasoil does nothing to debunk. Set in a small town in rural France over a summer, where childhood is filled with the rose-coloured-glasses ennui of storybooks, Daniel (Ange Dargent) and Theo (Theophile Baquet) are two misfits in school, nicknamed Microbe and Gasoil (Gasoline en anglais) after their short stature and fascination with being a mechanic, respectively. Lonely and misunderstood at home with abusive and distant parents, they build a car that resembles a cubby house (a sight gag that thankfully gets explored to its full potential) and set off on a road trip across France. Where they’re going they have no idea, because, as viewers know by now, it’s the journey that counts.

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