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L'écume des jours (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 18 July 2014 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writers:

Michel Gondry (scenario), Luc Bossi (scenario) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Colin
Audrey Tautou ... Chloé
Gad Elmaleh ... Chick
Omar Sy ... Nicolas
Aïssa Maïga ... Alise (as Aïssa Maiga)
Charlotte Le Bon ... Isis
Sacha Bourdo ... La souris
Vincent Rottiers ... Le religieux
Philippe Torreton ... Jean-Sol Partre
Laurent Lafitte ... Le directeur de société (as Laurent Lafitte de la comédie française)
Alain Chabat ... Gouffé
Zinedine Soualem ... Le directeur de l'usine d'armement
Natacha Régnier ... La marchande de remèdes
Marina Rozenman Marina Rozenman ... La duchesse de Bovouard
Mathieu Paulus Mathieu Paulus ... Le Chuiche (as Matthieu Paulus)
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Storyline

Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, wealthy bachelor Colin spends his time 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 Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend's party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloe and, before they know it, they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers. Written by Production

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Foam of the Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,511, 20 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$303,012, 7 November 2014
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The original French title for this movie, L'écume des jours, translates literally to "the foam of the days" but more colloquially means "the froth" or "the remnants" of daydreams. The English-language title, Mood Indigo, is the title of a 1930 jazz composition by Duke Ellington, the musician who is often mentioned in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Nicolas brings breakfast to Chloé and Colin the first time, the long shot from the back of the bedroom shows him entering the bedroom but there are no people up on the bed. The close shot from the end of the bed shows Chloé and Colin receiving the tray. See more »

Quotes

Colin: Introduce me to her!
Isis: Yes, great! Chloé? This is Colin. Colin, Chloé.
Chloé: Hello.
Colin: Hello.
Colin: Chloe... Ever been played by Duke Ellington?
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Alternate Versions

A shorter version than the 135 minutes original cut has been released in some countries, included France. This alternate version is 36 minutes shorter, and has been edited by Tariq Anwar and supervised by Michel Gondry. See more »

Connections

Version of Kuroe (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Take the 'A' Train
Written by Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra (as Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra)
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The spirit of Boris Vian is definitely there
24 April 2013 | by reno-besseSee all my reviews

Usually, I do not care about how a book is adapted, as long as the movie is good on its own. In that case it was completely different; I am a huge, massive Boris Vian fan, and I never thought his style (for example the way he took metaphors literally) could be set upon a screen.

That is to say, until I've heard that Gondry was directing L'écume des Jours. Sometimes, those things just make sense; Gondry is the only one who could have transformed Boris Vian into something visual, and that is exactly what he did, and with no CGI, only old fashioned tricks. The DIY way ladies and gentlemen, that's what it is all about.

Maybe many will dislike this movie. Others, like me, will love it passionately, for its effusiveness, for its communicative joy, for its unrelenting sadness. But at least, people will feel what Boris Vian is all about. And I mean especially for the English speaking countries, where Boris Vian is really not well known and most of the time poorly translated: by transcribing his style to a visual dimension, Gondry made it universal.


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