Michel Gondry Returning to French Films with 'The Foam of the Days'
by Ethan Anderton
September 9, 2011
The director has been busy with films like The Green Hornet, Be Kind Rewind and the strange but unique forthcoming film The We & The I, but director Michel Gondry hasn't made a film in his native French tongue since The Science of Sleep in 2006. However, Variety has word that Gondry will return to French-language films with The Foam of the Days, an adaptation of Boris Vian's novel of the same name. Described as a surreal romance, the story sounds right up Gondry's alley as it follows a young man trying to save his wife from a terrible and strange illness caused by a water lily growing in her lungs.
In addition, the film already has some great talent attached including Audry Tatou (Amélie), Lea Seydoux (Midnight in Paris), Romain Duris (Heartbreaker) and Jamel Debbouze (Outside of the Law). The story has been called "the most heartbreakingly poignant modern love story ever written" and also a "fantasy of perishing purity is an affirmation of youth and innocence." Sounds like quite and undertaking, but knowing that kind of quirky and simultaneously touching and heart-breaking romance Gondry delivered with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I can't wait to see how this turns out.