Everything I have ever read and heard about Gould, show that he was a peculiar person, and seemingly everybody has some varying stories about him. Trying to make sense or create a straight-forward narrative of a person's life is always a tricky and troubling idea for a film, and I imagine taking any sort of attempt at it with Gould would've just been a meandering mess of a cause anyway, so what we do get, are a lot of varying, random stories about him. Some of them we see acted out, sometimes in some incredible filmmaking, like a strange opening shot that seems to show Gould entering through a landscape of sand into screen like we're in "Lawrence of Arabia" or that one planet from "Dune" or something, only it's him coming out of the white snow and icescape of northern Canada. Some scenes that seem like documentary-style talking heads of people Glenn knew, just talking about some of the phone conversation they had with him, or some of the weird things he said or did. Sometimes it's just a playing of his music, or a reading of a letter he wrote. There's even a purely animated sequence by Normal McLaren, the Oscar-winning Short Subject animator.
The movie was only the second feature film directed by Francois Girard, the greatest Canadian director who you've probably never heard of. He indeed worked in music, mostly classical music, although his first noted directing gig is a Celine Dion music video, one of the early, early ones that was still in French. He's just an enigmatic as Gould sometimes, until recently he rarely worked much, and his first too big features, dealt with classical music, this film, and probably his more famous follow-up feature, "The Red Violin" which follows a violin from it's creation in the 1600s in Italy across three continents and centuries to it's place on an auction block in Montreal where several interesting parties are bidding on it, and are willing to go to extremes in order to get it. That film, is also spellbinding in it's own way and like "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould" it was co-written by Don McKellar, another Canadian renaissance man, who I know mostly for his acting, especially for his role as an eccentric theater director on the great sitcom "Slings and Arrows", which Feore was also a major guest star on for a season. He was also the pet shop owner in Atom Egoyan's "Exotica", which I've already written on for my Canon. Girard, then took a nearly decade-long hiatus from directing feature films but has been directing pretty regularly ever since with, although mostly into some globe-travelling period pieces like "Silk" only recently returning to his classical music motif with "The Song of Names".