Filmmaker Michel Gondry turns from the playful semi-surrealism of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep to the personal story of a beloved family member in this documentary. Suzette Gondry is Michel's aunt and a retired schoolteacher; she educated children in rural communities in France from 1952 to 1986. While Suzette was committed to the education of all her students, she was a particularly close with one in particular -- her son, Jean-Yves, with whom she's had a loving but sometimes combative relationship. Michel accompanies Suzette on a journey in which she visits the many schools where she taught -- or the sites where those schools once stood -- and speaks of her experiences. She also meets some of her former students, and it's clear they recall Suzette as a woman with a kind heart but a strong will, and her determination earned her the enmity of a few of her charges. L'Epine dans le Coeur (aka The Thorn in the Heart) was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.
A Brief History of the Harkis; Techno Suzette; Calendars Doodled - One Year Of Drawings by Youngsters; Stop Motion Animation by Gondry Collaborator Valerie Pirson; Charlotte Gainsbourg's "Little Monsters"; Post-Screening Q&A with Gondry at SXSW Premiere; In Conversation - A Special Event with Michel Gondry at SXSW Film Festival
Disc #1 -- Thorn in the Heart 1. Sauerkraut And Couscous [5:43] 2. Teaching In Les Salles [6:37] 3. Mother as Teacher [7:23] 4. Harki School Children [5:30] 5. Home Movies [3:59] 6. A Film by Grémillon [4:52] 7. "It's Not Easy" [7:02] 8. The Mayor's Wife [3:37] 9. Invisible [5:21] 10. Jean-Guy [5:51] 11. New York [4:55] 12. Avant-Garde Teacher [5:59] 13. "The Thorn In My Heart" [1:31] 14. Reunions [2:10] 15. "She's Gone All Showbiz" [6:12] 16. End Credits [7:36]
Disc #1 -- Thorn in the Heart Play Film Chapters Set Up Audio Options Stereo 5.1 English Subtitles English Subtitles: On English Subtitles: Off Extra Features A Brief History of the Harkis Play Calendars Doodled Techno Suzette Michel Gondry At 2010 SXSW Film Festival Post-Screening Q&A at the SXSW Premiere In Conversation: A Special Event With Michel Gondry Charlotte Gainsbourg "Little Monsters" Animations by Valerie Pirson Oscilloscope Releases The Law The Thorn In The Heart Terribly Happy The Messenger