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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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Sound Mix:

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

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 Kuroe (2001) See more »

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Bertha's Theme
Written and performed by Ray Shanklin
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Very Vian like
27 April 2013 | by ilan_himselfSee all my reviews

When I decided to go see that movie, I was really scared. Scared that, somehow, this movie might be bad, whereas the book of Boris Vian is one of my favorite. But when I got out, I was really amazed. I felt almost depressed, exactly the same way when I finished reading the book. For the whole night long, I couldn't keep my mind of the movie, and I was barely able to sleep.

Gondry actually made me open my eyes about some things, that I couldn't imagine or figure out. But when I think about it, it just make sense. Like the fact that Alise is black woman. I don't know why, I've always imagined her as a white and blonde woman. But it's only natural that she is in fact black.

I can understand the fact that some people would not like the movie, being very weird, and being in it's own universe. But I really think this movie deserves a way better grade. Maybe one of the greatest adaptations that I have seen, yet. I gladly recommend to see this movie.


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