|Title||:||The We and the I (2013)|
|Release||:|| 0000-00-00 (DVD)|
|Cast||:||Michael Brodie Joe Mele Alex Barrios Meghan Murphy Brandon Diaz|
|Genre||:||Drama Science Fiction & Fantasy Comedy|
Set on the last day of the school year, THE WE AND THE I follows a group of Bronx high schoolers who board a city bus on their way home. With summer break ahead of them, and feeling more liberated than usual, this broad array of kids--the cool ones, the outsiders, and everyone in between--act out as only teenagers can and, in the course of one afternoon, their friendships, rivalries, ambitions, and anxieties are revealed. Gondry workshopped the project with students at a neighborhood after-school arts program in the Bronx, and his large ensemble cast, all of them first-timers, essentially play themselves, though the script (which Gondry wrote with Jeffrey Grimshaw and Paul Proch) artfully creates a fully formed vision of the life these kids live and the future that awaits them. Though set almost entirely on the bus, Gondry enlarges the film's visual canvas with mobile phone videos, text messages, and a series of trompe l'oeil effects executed with his customary flair and inventiveness.