Oscilloscope Laboratories have announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Michel Gondry's documentary, 'The Thorn in the Heart' (L'Epine dans le Coeur), a personal look at the life of Suzette Gondry Michel's aunt, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.
The Thorn in the Heart had its world premiere screening in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Oscilloscope will open the film in theaters, with a DVD and digital release to follow.
Michel examines Suzette's years as a school teacher and her life in rural France. During the course of filming the documentary, Michel unearths new family stories and uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way. The film was produced and financed by Partizan Films.