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Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?

Directed by Michel Gondry | 2013 | 1 hr. 30 min. | Unrated

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From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky.

Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.


“Michel Gondry doodles while Noam Chomsky philosophizes in an inspired meeting of idiosyncratic minds.” – Variety

“Its modesty is one of its strengths, along with Mr. Gondry’s entrancing, vibrant illustrations.” – New York Times

“When Gondry says he had to do this film with Chomsky, you believe him.” – Los Angeles Times

“Gondry’s delightful stick-figure drawings-such as a living question mark ascending a staircase made of Whys-ably illustrate Chomsky’s concepts.” – Time Out New York

“A documentary-like dazzler, Gondry’s Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? proves another edifying treasure hunt into the depths of a living mind.” – Village Voice

“An almost entirely hand-drawn, animated film that was clearly a labor of love for the director and has enough charm to reach a wider audience than his other recent docs.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Yes, it’s a cartoon. About Noam Chomsky.”Salon.com