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Film Review: ‘Mood Indigo’

23 April 2013 2:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After an opera adaptation and earlier cinematic efforts by Go Riju and Charles Belmont, Boris Vian’s supposedly unfilmable cult novel “Froth on a Daydream” has been adapted to the bigscreen as Michel Gondry’s often inventive but finally exhausting “Mood Indigo.” Gondry’s trademark do-it-yourself production design (“Be Kind Rewind,” “The Science of Sleep”) is given a big-budget showcase here, but the resulting yarn, about a rich man rendered penniless by his ailing g.f.’s need for flowers to stay alive, is emotionally stunted and lacks the requisite sense of tragedy. With Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou playing two iconic characters, initial local B.O. should be solid; offshore, “Mood” will be cooler.

Finally back on Gallic home turf after “The Green Hornet” and “The We and the I,” Gondry would seem the perfect filmmaker to adapt Vian’s work and bring to life such flights of fancy as the pianocktail, »

- Boyd van Hoeij

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Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo Trailer Starring Audrey Tatou

25 January 2013 11:35 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Although Michel Gondry's The We and the I still has yet to get an official release date in North America, his next movie is already heading to theatres in France this spring. Entitled Mood Indigo, it is based on the book L'Ecume des Jours (Froth on the Daydream) by Boris Vian and it stars Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) as a wealthy inventor who creates an olfactory-musical instrument called the pianocktail. His wife (Audrey Tatou) becomes ill with a water lily in the lungs, a condition that can only be treated by surrounding her with flowers. Yep, that sounds like a Michel Gondry movie alright. The weird thing is the book has already apparently been adapted for the screen twice before, once by French director Charles Belmont and more recently by Japanese filmmaker Go Riju. A French trailer for Gondry's version has arrived online this week »

- Sean

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