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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Colin
... Chloé
... Chick
... Nicolas
... Alise (as Aïssa Maiga)
... Isis
... La souris
... Le religieux
... Jean-Sol Partre
... Le directeur de société (as Laurent Lafitte de la comédie française)
... Gouffé
... Le directeur de l'usine d'armement
... La marchande de remèdes
Marina Rozenman ... La duchesse de Bovouard
Mathieu Paulus ... Le Chuiche (as Matthieu Paulus)
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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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€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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This film is based on a novel written by the famous French writer Boris Vian, who was a jazz music passionate and also a singer. 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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Version of L'écume des jours (1968) See more »

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Sophisticated Lady
Written by Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish and Duke Ellington
Performed by Bobby Few, Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou
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The spirit of Boris Vian is definitely there
24 April 2013 | by See 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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