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The We and the I


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  • Actors: Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn, Raymond Delgado, Jonathan Ortiz, Jonathan Scott Worrell
  • Directors: Michel Gondry
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DR6506I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Workshopped with a group of teens from The Bronx over the course of 3 years, Michel Gondry's The We and The I gives an inside look into the dynamics, drama and hilarity that emerge on a real-time bus ride.

It is the last day of the school year, and a group of Bronx high-schoolers board a city bus to make their way home. With the summer break ahead, and feeling more liberated than usual, this colorful crowd of kids - the cool ones, the outsiders, and everyone in between - act out as only teens can when they are among their peers and away from authority figures. Oblivious to the grown-ups in their midst, (who are smart enough to either get out of the way or get off the bus entirely), they gossip and gloat, brag and bully, cajole and confide, exchange truths and tall tales, and spar verbally and physically. In short, they are unapologetically themselves at this pivotal point in their lives when the pressures and realities of adulthood have yet to turn them into someone else.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on May 4, 2013
Format: DVD
Michel Gondry's follow-up to the 2011 action movie "The Green Hornet" is something of a cinematic and social experiment. In his latest work "The We and the I" a group of New York high school students (all played by non-professional teenagers) travel on a city bus. Set on a fictional bus line BX66, the film follows the stories of the ensemble characters crammed in the same bus - those energetic students after school, often noisy and even rude.

Michael (Michael Brodie) and Big T (Jonathan Worrell) are the loudest, taking up the back row. Laidychen (Laidychen Carrasco) and Niomi (Meghan Murphy) are busy deciding who to invite to the party. At first the bus is like a chaos, with so much pent-up energy of these students. The school tear is over.

Over the course of the afternoon bus ride, however, as the school kids get off the bus one after another, the bus ride becomes something different - something quiet and pensive, with some of the students showing another side of their personalities.

This is not a documentary but a fictional drama. For this unique film Michel Gondry based his screenplay on the interviews with the teenagers he recruited at the Bronx community center "The Point." The film keeps a fine balance between real and fantasy, with vivid sketches of the teenagers, while the bus journey itself makes for a metaphor.

The film begins with too many narrative threads to follow, busily shifting between them. Not every thread is interesting, I must say. Some threads just fade away as the bus travels on. Some brief flashbacks (with Gondry's whimsical visual style) cut in.

"The We and the I" is a snapshot of these high school students, snapshot that is spontaneous, experimental and lively. Bumpy at times but seldom boring, the bus ride is worth taking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on May 14, 2014
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THE WE AND THE I (2012, 103 minutes) is one of the weirdest, most memorable films I have ever seen. An obnoxious bunch of 16-year-olds catch the city bus home from their last day of school before summer vacation. This is almost a home-movie manner of shooting and shows kids ... well, being kids.

I am still not certain if I can endure that--yet I did, twice now. The film is, after all, extremely artfully shot and I can't fathom how the director managed it. It takes place in real time, as the kids ride their way through the nastiest part of the Bronx imaginable on this horrendous bus. When this film was new, I somehow caught snatches of it but I just watched it in its entirety--and the funny thing is, as irritating as it is, it managed to stick in my mind.

This focuses on select groups of kids who of course all know one another. I was most moved, of course, by the gay couple who broke up while riding the bus. There was something they were trying in their relationship to become closer, and it was one of the most astonishing things I have ever heard of ... and therein lies the beauty of this film in my opinion.

Kids are beautiful, no matter how ugly they try to behave or how loud and obnoxious they become. If we peer closely enough, we see ourselves. This film is not for everybody and I'm not at all certain this type of arthouse thing is really intended for anyone except those who made it and the kids who acted in it.

A few things bear detailing: it's purely cinematic genius level detailing. This movie is filmed almost entirely on a moving Bronx bus, on location--all the acting, the drama and humor, is set on this obviously moving bus. Imagine the editing, the artful eyes and the discipline everyone demonstrated here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Geismar on April 13, 2014
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I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to experience the way urban teens live and think today, done creatively and often very funny. Michel Gondry is a wizard at making films that look thrown together but are actually well structured slices of the worlds we don't see.

My only complaint is that I wish the DVD came with subtitles for the hearing impaired - about 33% of the verbal zingers fly by too fast to catch!
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Filmmaker Michel Gondry hasn't exactly followed a typical Hollywood career path. Moving between music videos and eccentric indie films, Gondry is probably still best known for directing and co-writing 2004's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" for which he shared a screenwriting Oscar. In fact, his only apparent concession to the realm of big budget spectacles came with the ill-fated adaptation of "The Green Hornet" in 2011. Returning to a smaller scope with the claustrophobic "The We and The I," Gondry has again thwarted conventional expectations. This intimate picture casts nonprofessional actors as Bronx high school students taking public transportation home on the last day of school. That's it, just a bunch of kids riding the bus! At times harrowing and unpleasant, at others joyful and amusing, the students terrorize innocent passengers and one another on a seemingly endless ride across the city. No one ever gets on, which is curious, so the boisterous crowd dwindles as the film progresses. And as people disembark, the playacting and posing starts to diminish with deeper truths and a lot more sincerity surfacing.

At the beginning, "The We and The I" is an absolute assault on the senses. So many people are packed on the bus, and they're all fighting for attention. Loud, obnoxious, merciless, and even annoying, this is not a pretty picture of modern youth. At times, I do think that there is a heightened state of reality with everyone in overdrive but I'll just chalk it up to the excitement of impending vacation. No one remains unscathed and no one is left to mind their own business. There are confrontations, taunts, lies, flirtations, and even physical altercations.
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