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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

Léa Seydoux was director Michel Gondry's original choice for the role of Isis. 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 »

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The Mood to be Wooed
Written by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
Performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra (as Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra)
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fantastic movie based on a wonderful book
26 May 2013 | by j_wijnjaSee all my reviews

To me, this movie does what movies are for: activate the imagination. In this case, touching a theme not as alien as one might wish it to be in a fantastic setting. The 'fantastic' way in which people and institutions appear is far from random; it feels to me like a hyperdream of familiar entities and sensations, their logical extreme. Rich, vivid imagination which enters your brain and puts hooks in it. Loved the book and Gondry made it even more alive for me. Quite a feat. If you do like the movie, please check out the book (and also other titles by Vian). Don't want to generalize too much but if you like movies by Terry Gilliams you will probably like this a lot, too. Rats, writing reviews is hard and I'm not very good at it; but i so disagree with the IMDb-grade for this film (currently 5.8) and the general reviews I've read so far that I had to create an account just to weigh in. So please go see this film and find out for yourself!

Did I mention already that it is beautifully made, and at times very funny?


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