The Thorn in the Heart (PG)

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In which the film-maker Michel Gondry – he of the quirky animation and self-reflexive scripts – presents an ambiguous cine-portrait of the family matriarch, Suzette, and her son Jean-Yves.

A convivial Gondry dinner at the start flatters to deceive: this is a glum and unrevealing meditation on blood relationships, which will be of no especial interest to anyone outside the director's own family.