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First Look: Michel Gondry's Wacky 'Mood Indigo' with Audrey Tatou

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June 8, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Audrey Tatou in Mood Indigo

Ah, now this is the Michel Gondry I love! While I caught the premiere of his other film The We and the I in Cannes, and didn't care for it much, this looks like he's getting back to his roots, the kind of quirky, kinky, wacky, odd little filmmaking about romance filled with Gondry things. Mood Indigo is an indie romantic fantasy being shot in Paris, and The Playlist got their hands on batch of new photos from Le Monde of the film, and a few behind-the-scenes shots as well. There are miniatures, weird vehicles, and funky but lovely set pieces galore, plus a warm glow to it that reminds me of earlier films (e.g. Science of Sleep). See below!

Here's 10 of our favorite Mood Indigo photos, from the full gallery that originates on Le Monde. Take a look:

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Gondry's Mood Indigo, based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel "L'Ecume des jours" (or "Froth on the Daydream"), stars Audrey Tautou as Chloë, a woman who marries an inventor but falls ill during their honeymoon thanks to a water lily that enters her lung, and the only way to treat the ailment is to surround her with fresh flowers — an expense that soon drains his funds. So it's some drama about a woman with a flower growing in her lung. Should certainly be interesting, especially by the looks of it. The cast includes Omar Sy, Jamel Debbouze, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh, Alain Chabat and Aïssa Maïga. We're not sure of release plans, besides StudioCanal for 2013. It's called L'écume des jours in France. We'll be keeping an eye on this.

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  • Yep, yep, yep, yep, yeeeeeeeeeeeapp!
  • Toonfed
    At least it's not cardboard
  • Voice of Reason
    I'm probably 1 movie away from writing off Gondry for good. That French man is on thin ice as far as I'm concerned. Science of Sleep was the first in a steady stream of let downs (for me, at least) despite a few shorts and a FlightOTC episode since 2006.
    • peloquin
      I completely agree with you.  I love Eternal Sunshine and it's consistently been in my top 10 for a long time, but I just can't stand any of his other work for some reason.
      • Voice of Reason
         maybe its just the hyper-enforced whimsy? adults acting like unappealing children in a word that seems real but should in no logical way foster or tolerate idiots like the ones the movies center around?
        • peloquin
           I think Carrey, Winslet, Ruffalo, and even Kirsten Dunst elevated that film to what it was and if he would've cast unknowns (like he's done for all his latter films) then it would've flopped.  For some reason the performances made it way more believable.  Also, it didn't have any bullshit cardboard set pieces that you'd see in a high school play.
  • Yeah
    I personally love Michel Gondry! If any of you were actually paying attention in Science of Sleep you would notice that he was dreaming when they used cardboard. DDDDUUUHHH. It would make complete sense if they used real things, right?! Your dreams must be "boring", in the finest definition of the word.

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