Archive of films Mood Indigo / L’ écume des jours
France / Belgium
2013, 125 min
Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
This dreamlike story of two pairs of lovers, a cook and a kitchen mouse is an adaptation of the cult novel by French writer Boris Vian. Director Michel Gondry is reverent in his approach to the surrealist tease about the tragic end to the carefree life of Parisian intellectual youth, but subordinated it to his own poetic and playful vision of the world. He entrusted the leading roles to Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou.
Cosseted bon vivant Colin falls in love with beautiful, fragile Chloé and marries her. Their friends Chick and Alise also intend to get married, but Chick becomes obsessed with the work of philosopher Jean-Sol Partre and senselessly squanders money on his books. When Chloé becomes ill, desperate Colin spends all of his resources on her treatment – and he even finds a job. Noting the general misery, Colin’s cook Nicolas ages fifty years from one day to the next.... Director Michel Gondry turned to the 1946 cult novel by the French writer Boris Vian; he is reverent in his approach to the surrealist tease about the tragic end to the carefree life of Parisian intellectual youth, but subordinates it to his own poetic and playful vision of the world. The dreamlike story of two pairs of lovers, a cook and a kitchen mouse thus becomes another of Gondry’s original love stories. Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou play the leads.
About the director
Michel Gondry (b. 1963, Versailles, France) established himself in the early 1990s as a prize-winning creator of music videos, cooperating with dozens of leading musicians (e.g. Björk, Beck, The Rolling Stones). In 2001 he debuted in features with the tragicomedy Human Nature based on a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman. They also worked together on the romantic comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay. This was followed by the love story The Science of Sleep (2006), the comedy Be Kind Rewind (2007), a segment of the anthology film Tokyo! (2008 – with dirs. Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho), the action comedy The Green Hornet (2011) and the authentic social study The We and the I (2012). Gondry also has a large number of music programs, documentaries and advertising spots to his credit.
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Out of Competition|
|Screenplay:||Michel Gondry, Luc Bossi podle stejnojmenného románu / based on a novel of the same name by Boris Vian|
|Dir. of Photography:||Christophe Beaucarne|
|Production:||Brio Films, StudioCanal|
|Cast:||Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon|