Le Livre Des Solutions

Offbeat comedy by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) about a director who can no longer tolerate his producers’ endless criticism of his new film and flees to the French Cevennes with his film material.

Time & Tickets

It has been quiet around French filmmaker Michel Gondry for quite a while, but with LE LIVRE DES SOLUTIONS, the creative master craftsman opens the floodgates of his imagination again. We follow Marc, a somewhat megalomaniac director who is convinced he has created a masterpiece, but his producers say they can’t release the incomprehensible film – which is also over four hours long. Marc decides to flee with a small crew to his aunt’s country house to work on a new cut. The crew undergoes the whims of hyperactive Marc resignedly, but when the filmmaker forgets to take his pills, things threaten to derail completely.

With a good dose of humorous exaggeration, Michel Gondry sketches the woes of a creative but also quite tiresome filmmaker. Behind all the visual jokes and gags – using old-fashioned techniques such as hand-drawn animation – lies a painful semi-autobiographical story about a manic-depressive man fighting the demons in his head.

Michel Gondry, France, 2023, 103 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Pierre Niney, Blanche Gardin, Françoise Lebrun, Frankie Wallach, Camille Rutherford..