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★☆☆☆☆After having his expressive wings clipped in exchange for genre formula with The Green Hornet (2011) and relinquishing his creative control to a group of Bronx school kids in his collaborative teen comedy The We and the I (2012), Michel Gondry returns to the land of the fantastical with comic drama Mood Indigo (2013). Pitting together two of contemporary French cinema’s most prominent actors – Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, Gondry attempts to fashion a visual representation of the golden period that immediately follows falling in love, yet in abandoning rhyme or reason in his construction of such a vivid world Gondry has made something almost entirely incomprehensible.
- CineVue UK
Set in a fantasy version of the French capital Paris, Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo (2013) is the surreal and poetic tale of Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), whose idyllic love story is turned on its head when Chloé falls sick. Dedicated to his beloved bride, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs to pay for the fresh flowers that Chloe needs to be surrounded with in order to feel better. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Gondry's Mood Indigo this Monday (24 November), we have Three DVD copies to give away thanks to the film's distributor StudioCanal UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Paris — Douglas Kennedy, a critically-acclaimed American novelist known for his keen eye, is set to make his TV drama debut with France’s Ab Groupe and indie producer Sydney Gallonde, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kennedy will adapt two of his best-selling novels, “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “A Special Relationship.” Ab Groupe, a vertically-integrated media group which runs France’s largest paybox, is co-producing, financing and handling international sales.
The two TV adaptations are being produced by Gallonde’s Vab Production. An up-and-coming French producer, Gallonde recently got another high-profile American novelist, Harlan Coben, to write his first TV show — an adaptation of his book “No Second Chance” — for Gaul’s top commercial network TF1.
Kennedy is currently writing the treatment for “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The book will likely be turned into an eight episode, hourlong drama series, per Kennedy. The show will shoot in English with an Anglo-Saxon cast. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Mood Indigo, adapted from the 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream by French novelist Boris Vian, sees a young couple fall in love with each other in a fantasy world of endless possibility. In this deleted scene Colin (Romain Duris) is introduced to the concept of books on pill – a medical dose of literature that allows you to hear the author's words in your head. Mood Indigo is released on DVD, Blu-ray and download on 24 November Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
No one creates worlds quite like Michel Gondry, and his latest, "Mood Indigo," based on the book by Boris Vian, gave him plenty of material to play with. A fantastical romance, with invented pianos and vehicles, and featuring an all star cast (Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, and more), the director conjured up a story and setting like few you'll see all year. And today, we have a couple copies of the film on Blu-ray—featuring both the director's cut and extended version—for a few lucky readers. A whimsical love story set in a charmingly surreal Paris, the film follows wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his "pianocktail" (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas. When Colin learns that his best friend Chick, a fellow acolyte of the philosopher JeanSol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero »
- The Playlist Staff
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Jersey Boys (musical drama about the Four Seasons; Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken; rated R) Tammy (comedy; Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon; rated R) In Your Eyes (romance; Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David; available now on Mod and in theaters; unrated) James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge (documentary; James Cameron; also available in 3D; rated PG) Mood Indigo (romance; Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris; not rated) Miss Meadows (action...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Performing slightly better at the Us box office than the 2005 film it follows in Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy, Chinese Puzzle still landed with a bit of a fizzle (especially considered to the initial response of the first film featuring this cast). Nominated only for Best Original Music at the Cesars, it ended up being a demure finale for a host of characters that have grown into rather banal adults over the past decade. Receiving a warm response from a variety of critics, this chapter is merely basking in the afterglow established by its predecessors.
Diehard fans of Klapisch’s L’Auberge espagnole (2002) and its sequel, Russian Dolls (2005) should be happy to see the director round out his Romain Duris headlining films into an actual trilogy with Chinese Puzzle. Though it potentially stands as a piece on its own, audiences may feel a bit lukewarm toward this outing without having experienced »
- Nicholas Bell
★★★☆☆Like a distant Gallic relative to Richard Linklater's Before trilogy - though worlds apart in terms of style and tone - it's been over a decade since Cédric Klapisch first introduced a multinational group of friends sharing an Barcelona apartment in Pot Luck (2002). Three years later, they were brought back together for a wedding in Russian Dolls (2005) and now a third outing in the form of Chinese Puzzle (2013). Combining the director's free-wheeling style and the series' protagonist's 'complicated' life, this is a warm, funny and inventive addition to the likable French series. Romain Duris returns as genial lead, Xavier, a writer in need of inspiration and finding it through the tumultuous twists his once tranquil life begins to take.
- CineVue UK
Chinese Puzzle (France: Casse-tête chinois), 2013.
Directed by Cedric Kaplisch.
When the wife of 40 year old Father of two, Xavier Rosseau leaves him taking the children with her to live in New York, he cannot watch them grow up from France and so follows them with the hope of living there himself. As a result, the complications of this soon unfold…
I can’t remember a time when I have seen the third part of a trilogy without watching its predecessors first. So, this may have been a first. Did it matter that this was the case with Chinese Puzzle? No. Did I feel that I missed out on character backgrounds? Again: no. This was probably due to the actors’ familiarity with their roles, I didn’t find myself wondering what had happened before to this group »
- Gary Collinson
After a one film hiatus, the Cohen Media Group are once again working with the prolific François Ozon. While the rights to his previous film, the Cannes comp title Young & Beautiful, landed at the IFC Films, Cmg are picking up where they left off with 2012′s In the House. Deadline reports that The New Girlfriend starring Romain Duris which landed at the Toronto Int. and San Sebastian Film Festivals (oddly passing over Venice), has been picked up for what will likely be a first quarter 2015 release. The devilishly delicious new number was among one of our faves at Tiff this year.
Gist: After the death of her best friend, Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) falls into a deep depression, but a surprising discovery about her friend’s husband gives her a new taste for life.
- Eric Lavallee
Cohen Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Francois Ozon’s thriller “The New Girlfriend,” three weeks after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film, produced by French company Mandarin Cinema, is currently in the official competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Ozon is the director of “In the House,” “Swimming Pool” and “Under the Sand.” The film, based on the Ruth Rendell story, centers on a depressed woman, played by Anais Demoustier, whose passion for life is reawakened by a discovery about her friend’s husband (Romain Duris).
Variety’s Justin Chang called the film “delectably entertaining” in his Toronto review.
Cmg acquired the film through Paris-based international sales agency Films Distribution.
- Dave McNary
After making its world premiere in Toronto, François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend has inked U.S. distribution with Cohen Media Group. The Hitchcockian romance is adapted from the story by British suspense writer Ruth Rendell about Claire (Anaïs Demoustier), who discovers a surprising secret about her late best friend’s husband (Romain Duris) that tests the boundaries of sexual and gender identity. French company Mandarin Cinema produced the pic from the prolific Ozon (In The House, Swimming Pool, Under The Sand). Cmg Evp John Kochman and Films Distribution co-founder Nicolas Brigaud Robert negotiated the deal. The New Girlfriend won the Sebastian 2014 Award last week at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it screened in competition.
- Jen Yamato
The Skin I Live In: Ozon’s Exquisite New Exploration of Gender Subversion
For his most playful and delightfully creepy film in years, Francois Ozon adapts crime writer Ruth Rendell’s short story for his latest, The New Girlfriend. Rendell has long supplied a bevy of European filmmakers with some of their most memorable titles, including Claude Miller’s Alias Betty (2001), Pedro Almodovar’s Live Flesh (1997), and perhaps, most notably, Claude Chabrol’s La Ceremonie (1994) and The Bridesmaid (2004). An excellent purveyor of strange and complicated relationships that often involve sublimated identities and tendencies that often lead to deadly scenarios, Rendell serves as an excellent template for Ozon with material that recalls the sexually transgressive explorations of his early career.
Claire (Anais Demoustier) and Laura (Isild Le Besco) have been inseparable friends since childhood. They’ve followed nearly the same life trajectory as well, both marrying handsome young men and what not. »
- Nicholas Bell
Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of titles.
Fidalgo has secured three titles at the Toronto International Film Festival for Norwegian distribution.
The films include Marie’s Story’s from Jean-Pierre Ameris, sold by Indie Film Sales. The film stars Isabelle Carré as a determined nun in late 19th century France who taught a deaf and blind child to communicate.
Fidalgo has also picked up Duccio Chiarini’s debut, Short Skin, from Films Boutique. Starring Matteo Creatini and Francesca Agostini, the bittersweet comedy follows a 17-year-old protagonist who suffers too tight a foreskin to have sex.
In addition, the distributor has picked up Francois Ozon’s The New Girlfriend. Based on a short story collection by crime writer Ruth Rendell, the drama stars Anaïs Demoustier, Romain Duris and Raphaël Personnaz.
The film follows a woman who falls into a deep depression after the death of her best friend but is given a new lease of life when she discovers »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: Mia Hansen Love, Francois Ozon dramas and Cannon Films doc among Toronto haul.
UK distributor Metrodome has secured UK and Ireland rights to a trio of films that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14): Mia Hansen Love’s well-received drama Eden, Francois Ozon’s The New Girlfriend and documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
All three will play at the London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).
Directed by French auteur Mia Hansen Love and starring Felix De Givry, Pauline Etienne and Greta Gerwig, Eden charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music scene in the 1990s.
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Nathaniel's adventures at Tiff continued
François Ozon remains one of France's most prolific directors. Like most prolific auteurs this means an uneven filmography. Even the very good films can feel ever-so-slightly underrealized. Is it the rush or just the nature of the artistry of the prolific, all first draft energies, favorite or borrowed styles structures and themes, and just warming-up ideas with the occasional lightning-strike perfections?
Like many fans I'm still waiting for another of those lightning strike perfections like certain moments in Under the Sand or 8 Women in full but his not-quite-there efforts can still be highly appealing: Potiche anyone?
The New Girlfriend turns out to be all of the above with grand moments, messy ones, energetic diversions, familiar tropes and half formed ideas... which as it turns out is just fine for a movie about embryonic searches for new identities. It begins with a funereal yet beautiful opening »
- NATHANIEL R
An air of Hitchcockian menace and free-floating sexual perversity is by now nothing new for Francois Ozon, but rarely has this French master analyzed the cracks in his characters’ bourgeois facades to such smooth and pleasurable effect as he does in “The New Girlfriend.” A skillfully triangulated psychological thriller about a woman who learns that the husband of her deceased Bff is harboring a most unusual secret, , making for a warmer, more open-ended experience than the creepy Ruth Rendell tale from which it’s been “loosely adapted.” Powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris, Ozon’s “Girlfriend” should have willing arthouse escorts lining up worldwide. It opens Nov. 5 in France.
Rendell, that icy master of British detective fiction, has been best served onscreen by European filmmakers outside the U.K., at least on the evidence of Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Live Flesh. »
- Justin Chang
The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.
In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend known as the French touch in the 90s. The international cast comprises Felix de Givry, Golshifteh Farahani, Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet. “Eden” will world premiere at Toronto.
Based on Gillian Flynn’s crime bestseller, “Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller turning on a man (Ben Affleck) whose wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The Twentieth Century Fox movie will have its world premiere at the opening of New York film fest.
- Elsa Keslassy
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.
The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.
Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.
The company is also releasing Benoit Jacquot’s latest feature »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
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