France, 2008

Original music : Mathieu Lamboley Production : Les Films d'Ici, Arte France

Programmed by Pierre Oscar Lévy




Why do grains of sand in dunes sing as they roll over one another? Where does a leaf get its shape? Why is the one underneath always better than the one by the side? What’s the best way to describe disorder? Why are oyster shells pearly? Why is it really important not to be educational? Why can’t I get any work done? By following crazy ideas and strange experiments in the lab and in the field, this film shows, for once, the infectious, messy and entertaining enthusiasm of some larger-than-life scientists.

Tënk's opinion

Filming experiments as though they took place in a playground makes it fairly easy to explore a physics lab. Thanks to the same freedom, the same passion and the same intelligence shown by the researchers, the work of film directors has never looked so much like science itself. And never has the portrayal of research seemed so much like a good cartoon. It’s as if the jubilation were contagious and the creation identical.

Pierre Oscar Lévy


Étienne Chaillou

Étienne Chaillou

Mathias Théry

Mathias Théry

Etienne Chaillou is a French director born in 1981. With a degree in Animation from the Arts Décoratifs de Paris, he has been co-directing films with Mathias Théry since 2006.  Together, they seek new narrative forms to explore the constant questions they ask themselves in their films. As well as science, they address sociological topics such as family and the heated debate about the law for marriage for all in the film “La Sociologue et l'Ourson”, released in cinemas in 2016 to great acclaim from critics and the public alike. Their latest film, “La Cravate” was released in cinemas in 2020.