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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
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
★☆☆☆☆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
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
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Synopsis: A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Director Jean-Pierre Jenuet paints a distinctive pallet of work from Delicatessen (1991) to A Very Long Engagement (2004), but you’d probably be most familiar with the wonderful Amelie starring Audrey Tautou. Never a stranger to taking an alternative look at a story, his beautiful visuals continue in The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet alongside a strong blood-beating heart to take hold of.
T.S. Spivet tells the story of its namesake, a ten-year boy who’s a genius and impeccably portrayed by Kyle Catlett in his feature film debut. Spivet lives in Montana »
- Dan Bullock
Paris– Chicago-based Music Box Films and U.K.’s Soda Pictures have acquired Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” a romantic comedy toplining British rising star Gemma Arterton, on the heels of its Special Presentation premiere at Toronto.
Sold and co-produced by Gaumont, “Gemma” was warmly received at Toronto where it steered a standing ovation and proved one of the fest’s arthouse crossover highlights. A satirical take on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary,” “Gemma” also sparked two offers from Australian buyers.
“Gemma” stars Arterton as a passionate young British woman who moves with her husband to a small Norman town where she meets a quirky French baker, played by popular Gallic thesp Fabrice Luchini.
- Elsa Keslassy
Gaumont has pre-sold the film, a playful twist on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary,” to Germany (Prokino), Benelux (Victory), Italy (Officine Ubu), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Scandinavia (Atlantic), Canada (Metropole), Middle East (Four Star), Cis (Exponenta), Greece (Odeon), Switzerland (Pathe) and South Korea (Sejong).
Arterton stars as a passionate young British woman who moves with her husband to a provincial Norman town where she meets a quirky, yet charming French baker.
Arterton plays opposite French star Fabrice Luchini, one of Gaul’s rare bankable actors.
“Gemma” was penned by Fontaine and Pascal Bonitzer, based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, the author of “Tamara Drewe,” which was adapted to the bigscreen by Stephen Frears and also toplined Arterton. Pic was produced »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sometimes life doesn’t play out like in the movies, or rather, sometimes the movies don’t play out like in real life. Actor-director Brady Corbet can fondly look back at Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria as proof (he plays an author courting the A-lister) that Juliette Binoche was his first choice, but due to scheduling conflicts, a Cosmopolis-like reunion between the actress and Robert Pattinson will have no longer be the case. Variety reports that the matriarch role now goes to Berenice Bejo, the Oscar nominated actress who saw her last film (by hubby Michel Hazanavicius) get panned in Cannes, will next be featured alongside Melanie Laurent and Audrey Tautou in Tran Anh Hung’s Eternity. The Childhood of the Leader is now set for a November shoot in Budapest.
- Eric Lavallee
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
As usual, Michel Gondry is mixing it up. After dropping the documentary "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky" and the fantastical "Mood Indigo," the filmmaker is going lo-fi again, with filming started on "Microbe et Gasoil." And embracing the age in which everything is shared all the time, he's allowed the first behind-the-scenes pics from the film to be posted via Instagram. While the movie features Audrey Tautou in a role (not pictured), the rest of the cast are new faces. The movie tells the story of two teenagers who escape everyday drudgery by building a car and traveling across the France. A road trip movie from the brain of Gondry? Sounds good to us. And if these pics are anything to go by, it looks like a pretty modest production all around. No release dates. Pics below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We can't help but begin today's episode with the sad news of Robin Williams' passing, but we hope it doesn't get you down too much as we then talk about the PG-13 situation in Hollywood and whether it's the rating that's getting in the way of most blockbuster films more than anything. Then we get to a couple listener questions, a voice mail, discuss new DVDs and Blu-rays play some games and get out of here with a podcast running just over an hour. Finally, it's time once again to vote for our next audio commentary. On this episode we mention only five, but I thought of one more after we finished and have added it to the mix, so there are six to choose from. Vote below: poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a »
- Brad Brevet
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
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is not a thing you ever want to hear: “Michel Gondry’s shorter, preferred cut for American audiences.” That was the proud announcement included in a press release about Mood Indigo from a U.S. publicist for the film, and that 90-odd-minute version is the same one I saw at a press screening here in London. Why does Gondry think we English speakers don’t warrant the two-hour-plus version of his whimsical love story? What doesn’t he want us to see? What does he think we can’t handle?
This is what I saw: an hour »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Whimsicality is a tough old nut to crack in cinema, with filmmakers attempts so often contrived. However one man that has walked that tight rope so often before – triumphantly – is Michel Gondry, and the man behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, now returns with his latest endeavour Mood Indigo, where he’s as surrealistic and whimsical as he’s ever been.
We had the great pleasure of sitting down with the unique filmmaker to discuss his latest project, as he told us what it was about this renowned Boris Vian novel that inspired him to make a movie, and he explained his decision to be so creative with this piece, and the balancing act between the more intimate aspects of the narrative, with the grandiose.
- Stefan Pape
To mark the release of Mood Indigo on 1st August, we’ve been given a Prize bundle to give away including an original Mood Indigo poster signed by the Oscar winning Director, Michel Gondry, a rejacketed edition of the Boris Vian original novel for Mood Indigo, DVDs of Paris (with Romain Duris) and Coco before Chanel (with Audrey Tautou).
Based on the cult novel by Boris Vian and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), Mood Indigo tells the surreal and poetic tale of Colin (Romain Duris, Populaire, Heartbreaker) and Chloe (Audrey Tautou, Coco before Chanel, Delicacy) and their idyllic love-story. Set in a fantasy version of Paris, their romantic adventure is turned on its head when Chloe falls sick and discovers a water lily growing in her lung…
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While those this side of the English Channel may not have heard of it as such, Boris Vian’s influential 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream is one that has become almost ingrained in French, teenage society, as a piece of literature that is something of a staple, must-read amongst a younger, impressionable crowd. Gaining a cult-following in the process, the much celebrated, innovative filmmaker Michel Gondry seemed the perfect fit to bring this fantastical tale to the big screen. However in this instance, the director’s inclination for contrived whimsicality devalues an otherwise enchanting love story.
Of course the story demands a surrealistic, wondrous approach, given the ethereal, dreamlike nature of the tale – but what can be achieved on paper does not always amount to a triumph on screen, as some things are best left to our wildest imaginations. To help bring this tale to the big screen (renamed Mood Indigo »
- Stefan Pape
We talk to one-of-a-kind filmmaker Michel Gondry about his new film Mood Indigo, Eternal Sunshine, Philip K Dick adaptation Ubik and more...
Over the period of 20-or-so years, Michel Gondry has steadily built up a voluminous and relentlessly individual body of work, ranging from commercials and experimental short films to full-length features. Although Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind is arguably Gondry’s best-known and most acclaimed work, he's also made such films as Be Kind, Rewind, The Science Of Sleep, his quirky collaboration with Noam Chomsky, Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, and The Green Hornet, while flawed, has much to enjoy in it.
Mood Indigo is Gondry’s latest feature, and once again, it’s hand-crafted, warm and decidedly dreamlike. Based on the novel L'Écume des jours by Boris Vian, it’s about a young man named Colin (Romain Duris) who falls in love with a »
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