L’ECUME DES JOURS / MOOD INDIGO

SYNOPSIS
Long thought unfilmable, Boris Vian’s 1947 cult novel—which translates
literally as “The Foam of Days”—is charmingly adapted by Michel Gondry,
who fills the screen with his trademark whimsical touches. The central
narrative of Mood Indigo concerns the ultimately tragic love story of Colin
(Romain Duris), an exceptionally wealthy man who inhabits a spectacular
rooftop apartment/playhouse, and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), a physically
frail woman he meets a at party. Yet theirs is no ordinary courtship: Colin
and Chloé travel across Paris in a cloud-shaped vessel, sip beverages
from a cocktail-mixing piano, and dine on elaborate concoctions prepared
by Nicolas (Omar Sy), Colin’s in-house chef and lawyer. Although Gondry
has been celebrated for his inimitable mise-en-scène ever since Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(2004), here he takes production design to
a whole new level, deftly mixing stop-motion animation and digital special
effects. For all its visual splendor, though, Mood Indigo never loses sight
of the great romance shared by its main characters—bonds that deepen
when Chloé is diagnosed with a life-threatening malady: the growth of a
water lily in one of her lungs.

“A beautiful love story, Gondry’s most powerful and accomplished film.”
— The Wrap

DIRECTOR
Michel Gondry

SCREENPLAY
Michel Gondry and Luc Bossi

CAST
Romain Duris
Audrey Tautou
Omar Sy

GENRE Romantic drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 131’
PRODUCTION France, Belgium, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Drafthouse Films