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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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Trivia

The name of the writer with whom Chick is obsessed, "Jean-Sol Partre," is a spoonerism for the name of one of France's most famous philosophers and authors, Jean-Paul Sartre. 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

Chloé: [Last lines]
Chloé: If we screw this moment, we try the next. And if we fail the next... we have our whole lives to get it right.
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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 L'écume des jours (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Sophisticated Lady
Written by Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish and Duke Ellington
Performed by Bobby Few, Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou
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When the visual crush the story
2 January 2014 | by SuperKinoSee all my reviews

30 minutes in the movie and the question was inevitable: "Still 90 minutes like this?" Unfortunately yes.Two hours with visuals in almost every frame: animated ringing bell, dancing long legs,soap-bubbles TV, Duke Ellington, stop motioned food, protons guns, Duke Ellington again and much much much more.

Don't take me wrong, i love surreal stuff, I like Gondry and his past works too, from music video clips ('starguitar' and 'around the world' are two of my favorite) to movies (human nature, science of sleep, eternal sunshine and the 'Tokyo!' fragment) but this time looks like he maybe pushed a way too much the visual part of the story.

I didn't read the book, but i've read around that the movie is pretty accurate to the script, the original story is very interesting to me but while watching the movie at some point you'll realize that you don't care anymore about what is happening in the story, because you'll get just distracted by all the visuals.

The acting was good, almost everything was good but to me this was an artsy-videoclip-120 minute long and after watching it, i don't even know if i liked it or not.

5/10


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