We had what I consider to be a very fortunate opportunity last night. The Hollywood Theatre was showing Michel Gondry’s latest film, The Thorn in the Heart (L’Epine Dans Le Coeur), followed by a Q&A session with Michel Gondry himself. We got tickets to go with our acupuncturist and her husband, and it turned out to be well worth it.
It was a nice, warm night, despite it having been cloudy and raining on and off during the day, and we headed over to the Hollywood district (where we had been for the farmers market earlier in the day with two other friends) to meet our acupuncturist and her husband at the theater.
The Hollywood Theatre is a 1926 theater in Portland, originally built as a vaudeville theater, and converted for films later. Eventually, the balcony was cemented off and made into a second theater, which is how it is still currently set up. It’s a beautiful theater, with a very elaborate facade, and the Hollywood District of Portland was actually named after the theater, as commercial and residential development of the area followed the construction of the theater.
The film was wonderful, focusing on the life of Michel Gondry’s aunt who was a teacher, and her life at the schools where she taught and her relationships with her family.
Gondry himself was shorter than I expected, with even more crazy hair than I expected, and was very engaging and interested in the audience and seemingly glad to be there. We also got a bit of a surprise – a 10 minute film made earlier in the day with some people from Portland, kind of in the style of the sweded films from his film Be Kind Rewind, about the calculator stealing all the math in the world, and the math ninjas coming together to save the math :)
Afterwards, we headed out, said goodbye to our friends, and hopped back on our bikes to head home.
It was still surprisingly warm out, and it was nice to just pedal calmly and chat on the way home. Gondry’s films always evoke an appreciation for humanity in me, an appreciation of life, and this one was no different. I’m glad to be who and where and with whom I am, I feel our life is worth living.
Happy weekend, all!