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“Microbe & Gasoline” is a French coming-of-age road drama film directed by . The story revolves around two teenage boys, Daniel nicknamed “Microbe” and Théo nicknamed “Gasoline,” who form an unlikely friendship. Both considered misfits in their respective social circles, Microbe and Gasoline embark on a summer road trip across France in a homemade car, exploring the adventures and challenges of adolescence.


The film received generally positive reviews for its whimsical and imaginative portrayal of adolescence. Gondry's signature visual style and storytelling charm are evident throughout the narrative. Critics appreciated the chemistry between the two young leads and the film's heartwarming exploration of friendship and self-discovery. While not as widely known as some of Gondry's other works, “Microbe & Gasoline” is praised for its unique perspective on the teenage experience.


Daniel, a shy and artistic teenager known as “Microbe” due to his small stature, befriends Théo, a rebellious and free-spirited boy known as “Gasoline.” Both outcasts at school, they decide to build a makeshift car and embark on a journey across the French countryside during the summer holidays.

The two friends face various challenges and encounters along the way, from dealing with family expectations to navigating the complexities of teenage romance. The homemade car, resembling a small house on wheels, becomes a symbol of their shared dreams and aspirations.

As they travel, Microbe and Gasoline's friendship deepens, and they learn valuable lessons about themselves and each other. The film explores themes of identity, friendship, and the pursuit of independence during the tumultuous period of adolescence.


“Microbe & Gasoline” did not achieve widespread recognition at major international film awards, but it garnered positive attention for its unique storytelling and character development.


While not a blockbuster, “Microbe & Gasoline” gained a following among audiences who appreciate 's distinctive filmmaking style and narratives centered around the human experience. Its popularity lies in its quirkiness, heartfelt moments, and the universal themes it explores, making it a hidden gem for those seeking coming-of-age stories with a touch of whimsy.


Directed by
Written by
Produced by Georges Bermann

Cinematography Laurent Brunet
Edited by Elise Fievet
Music by Jean-Claude Vannier
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date
  • 8 July 2015
Running time
103 minutes
Country France
Language French


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