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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?

  • Starring: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry
  • Director: Michel Gondry
  • Genre(s): Animation, Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 88 min.

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. [IFC Films]

"Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? bears the stamp of Gondry quirk but allows it to feel a lot more intimate than anything he's done since "Eternal Sunshine.""
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Gondry and his frisky hieroglyphs successfully convey Chomsky’s concept of language as the fleeting “meanings we impose on fragmentary experience.”"
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"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."
- Alan Scherstuhl, 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."
- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter