11 items from 2014
Director: Michel Gondry
Running Time: 94 minutes
Wow! I’m still scratching my head as to how I can articulate Mood Indigo in a way that neither discourages you from the experience nor encourages you enough to take the plunge into a fantastical world of stop motion animation, digital special effects and mechanical effects. In a nutshell, Mood Indigo is like The Wizard Of Oz met the Monty Python comedy group somewhere on the yellow brick road and decided to rewrite ‘Wolly Winker and the Focolate Chactory’ with Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Gondry’s adaption of Boris Vian’s cult novel ‘L’Ecume des Jours’ is an exhaustive tale filled with tant d’indulgence, that it struggles to deliver a tone and tempo that allows the viewer to find »
- Sacha Hall
Mood Indigo (French: L’écume des jours), 2013.
Directed by Michel Gondry.
A Paris-set romantic comedy that slowly fades into a tragic drama.
The opening 45 minutes of Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, almost exactly half of the movie, are deliriously happy. That’s when Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloe (Audrey Tautou) meet-cute, court and eventually wed (where they must compete in a box car race around the church for the ceremony to go ahead). It’s breathless, childlike fun; all ice-skating rinks and jumping on beds. The camera’s bright, primary colours reflect that.
Diaries are read on Rubik’s Cubes. Colin, our lead, has just invented a pianocktail (a musical instrument that adds a different ingredient to a cocktail with each note played). A talking mouse lives behind his bathroom mirror. The dialogue »
- Oli Davis
If one can expect anything from Michel Gondry, it is that along with the whimsy and touch of the bizarre inherent in his work is an element of truth. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind uses erasure imagery to illustrate the pain of heartbreak. Be Kind Rewind has friendly video store employees creating their own versions of Hollywood hits for their neighborhood. Gondry's latest film, love story Mood Indigo, however, is utterly drowning in whimsy and lacking any figment of truth.
Debonair and bearded Romain Duris (Populaire, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) stars as Colin, living off family money in a spacious Paris apartment. Audrey Tautou (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement) plays cute Chloe, whom Colin meets at a party. The plot goes something like this: guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love and marry, flower grows in girl's lung.
There's also a B-plot, involving a friend (Gad Elmaleh, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Mood Indigo (French: L’écume des jours), 2013
Directed by Michel Gondry.
Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she’s diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen a film quite like Mood Indigo before. I’d be lying if I said everything I saw made sense, or if I could articulate what was happening and why, but director Michel Gondry has a truly unique style and it’s one I am certainly in favour of, but would not wish to see anyone else attempt it.
The plot is straightforward (to a degree) as Colin and Chloe, two hip Parisians, meet, fall in love, get married, and then Chloe is diagnosed with a disease, »
- Gary Collinson
In a season where studios are spendings hundreds of millions of dollars on special effects to help tell fantastical stories, once again Michel Gondry is showing Hollywood how it's done. On a much smaller scale, and with far less cash, "Mood Indigo" presents no less an imaginative story, full with no shortage of Gondry-esque touches. And today we have some special items for Gondry fans. Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga and Charlotte Le Bon, "Mood Indigo" is based on the cult novel by Boris Vian and follows the the wealthy bachelor Colin, who falls headlong into a dizzy romance with Chloé. But when she succumbs to an unusual illness, one that causes a flower begins to grow in her lungs, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround her with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers. It's the perfect kind of story for Gondry to tackle, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michel Gondry had a Tin Drum moment on the red carpet for his Mood Indigo*, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris with Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga and Charlotte Le Bon. Boris Vian transformed into Günter Grass with a Volker Schlöndorff image stuck in and out of Gondry's head ending up in Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky and out of a faucet in Mood Indigo. Tautou and Duris walked the red carpet in 2013 at The Paris Theatre - she for Claude Miller's Thérèse Desqueyroux and he for Régis Roinsard's Populaire.
Audrey Tautou at Mood Indigo New York premiere: "I was really intrigued by the imagination and phantasy of this universe." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
David Byrne, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Michel Gondry is something of an enigma in the film world, and one who reportedly found himself in an uncomfortable position during and after The Green Hornet. His latest, Mood Indigo, is hitting in limited release on July 18th, and its the film to see this summer, if you get the chance.
Returning to the wonder of his beginnings (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and taking a lot of notes from the past thirty years of French cinema, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (and, borrows his favorite leading lady), Gondry’s lastest looks like it could easily be one of the year’s best.
Check out the new clip below, which expands on their meeting, which is hinted at in the trailer above.
Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Mood Indigo Clip – Colin meets Chloé
- Marc Eastman
Nearly a year and a half after the international trailer debuted, Drafthouse Films has released the first domestic trailer and poster for Mood Indigo. Director Michel Gondry's adaptation of Boris Vian's novel is set in a world where people can travel via pink clouds, and come down with bizarre illnesses. Audrey Tautou stars as Chloe, a young woman who falls ill when a flower inexplicably starts growing in her lungs, after meeting and falling for Colin (Romain Duris), a wealthy man who invented a cocktail-mixing piano. Explore this mysterious world with new footage from the upcoming adaptation, arriving in theaters July 18.
Eminently inventive Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped).
Mood Indigo comes to theaters July 18th, »
Directed by Michel Gondry
Adapted from Boris Vian’s cult novel, commonly translated as Froth on the Daydream, Michel Gondry’s latest film is a riotous, whimsical journey with a lot more to say than initially meets the eye. The opening sequence threatens to drown you in a cavalcade of offbeat animation and special effects, including a stop motion eel, an insect-like doorbell, a TV chef who passes ingredients through the screen and a miniature man dressed up like a mouse. Gondry’s indulgence throws down the gauntlet right away – either you’re in or you’re out. Mood Indigo can be bewildering, exasperating, infuriating, but, then again, it can be utterly transportive.
- Rob Dickie
Drafthouse Films has snapped up Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" for Us distribution. The film, starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, is a love story about a pair of Parisian newlyweds. Here's the official synposis:The whirlwind courtship of Chloe (Audrey Tautou, Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Colin (Romain Duris, The Beat My Heart Skipped) is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Adapted from Boris Vian’s novel L’Ecume des jours, the romantic saga was produced by Luc Bossi of Brio Films and also stars Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Aïssa Maïga (Caché) and Gad Elmaleh.A theatrical release is planned for 2014, but no word yet on specifics. "Mood Indigo" played Karlovy Vary and Fantastic Fest in 2013. »
- Beth Hanna
Drafthouse Films announced today the acquisition from StudioCanal of Us rights to Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo , his return to the surreal landscape of emotion and imagination. Showcasing Gondry's signature whimsical aesthetics, gorgeous cinematography and colorfully eccentric characters, Mood Indigo is a love story set in a charmingly surreal Paris about two newlyweds, Chloe (Audrey Tautou) and Colin (Romain Duris), whose whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Adapted from Boris Vian's novel "L'Ecume des jours," the romantic saga was produced by Luc Bossi of Brio Films and also stars Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga and Gad Elmaleh. A multi-city traditional theatrical platform release is planned for 2014. »
11 items from 2014
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