Michel Gondry’s post-“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” hasn’t quite lived up to the promise of that dreamy, mind-bending romance starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, but hope springs, well, eternal every time the French auteur releases a new film. The international trailer for his latest endeavor has arrived, and it’s clear that “Microbe and Gasoil” would be instantly recognizable as a Gondry picture even if you didn’t already know as much in advance.
The film centers around two outcast youths (Microbe and Gasoil are their bully-appointed nicknames, which they hate) drawn together by the fact that no one else seems to understand them. The trailer shows their bond develop as they decide to build a “house on wheels” and embark on a road trip across their native France together, with no apparent shortage of whimsy and quirk.
Audrey Tatou of “Amélie” fame,” who also starred in Gondry’s worthwhile “Mood Indigo” a few years back, plays a well-meaning teacher. “Microbe and Gasoil” will be released in New York and Los Angeles on July 1 before expanding nationwide.