Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

Fantastical French romance starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables), from inventive filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Based on the 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream, the story follows the courtship and marriage of a young couple. Heartbreak ensues when the woman develops an illness that can only be treated by surrounding her with flowers.

Colin (Duris), a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas (Sy) and best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), he meets Chloe (Tautou), the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a water lily growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved's life.

2013Rating: M, Mature themes and violence90 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaFantasyRomance
Director:
Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'Be Kind Rewind', 'The Science of Sleep')
Writer:
Luc Bossi
Cast:
Audrey TautouRomain DurisOmar SyGad ElmalehAlain Chabat
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Fans of Michel Gondry bummed at his troubled excursion into big-budget studio filmmaking with The Green Hornet should be pleased to know that Mood Indigo, his adaptation of Renaissance Frenchman Boris Vian’s 1947 novel L'ecume des jours, is a spritely restoration of his ol’ recognisably quirky and inventive self from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep.

3.0

Studio-imposed brevity

Fresh from its appearance at the NZ International Film Festival, Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo has returned to cinemas for an art house run. Almost. Since the festival, the powers that be have edited more than 30 minutes out of Mood Indigo for wide release, and while I didn't see the longer cut, the film appears to suffer, particularly in the third act, from...

3.0

Gondry is back ... but we're given an amputated version !

A fantastic adaptation of Boris Vian's sureal novel, the original film released in France in April was 2h06 mins and rather faithful to the book. However you will not see that "true" version in cinemas around the world as longer than two hours is apparently not commercially viable enough ... I don't think people who are going to see such a film do care...

5.0

A frothy daydream

If you found Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind pretentious, artsy-fartsy, self indulgent bullpoop - then you're gonna hate his adaptation of Boris Vian's novel, 'Froth on the Daydream.' Like Terry Gilliam at full tilt, it's an eye-poppingly imaginative trip in which stars Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris excel. You can accuse it of style...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Sy, Maiga and the others play second fiddle not only to the leads but especially to the visual effects, which are indeed impressive...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Like eating a box of chocolates in one sitting, will leave you stuffed but hankering for something more substantial. Gondry-ites will be seduced, but this is as undisciplined as it is inventive.

3.0
The Age

The Age

press

A surrealist pastiche that's too clever (or enthusiastic) for its own good.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Less a visual feast than an all-you-can-eat buffet, and one that's rather hard to consume.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

If you enjoy Gondry’s brand of homemade art direction then there’s plenty to delight early on, but it’s all wallpaper.

3.0
Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Fans of Michel Gondry bummed at his troubled excursion into big-budget studio filmmaking with The Green Hornet should be pleased to know that Mood Indigo, his adaptation of Renaissance Frenchman Boris Vian’s 1947 novel L'ecume des jours, is a spritely restoration of his ol’ recognisably quirky and inventive self from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Sy, Maiga and the others play second fiddle not only to the leads but especially to the visual effects, which are indeed impressive...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Like eating a box of chocolates in one sitting, will leave you stuffed but hankering for something more substantial. Gondry-ites will be seduced, but this is as undisciplined as it is inventive.

3.0
The Age

The Age

press

A surrealist pastiche that's too clever (or enthusiastic) for its own good.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Less a visual feast than an all-you-can-eat buffet, and one that's rather hard to consume.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

If you enjoy Gondry’s brand of homemade art direction then there’s plenty to delight early on, but it’s all wallpaper.

3.0

Studio-imposed brevity

Fresh from its appearance at the NZ International Film Festival, Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo has returned to cinemas for an art house run. Almost. Since the festival, the powers that be have edited more than 30 minutes out of Mood Indigo for wide release, and while I didn't see the longer cut, the film appears to suffer, particularly in the third act,...

3.0

Gondry is back ... but we're given an amputated version !

A fantastic adaptation of Boris Vian's sureal novel, the original film released in France in April was 2h06 mins and rather faithful to the book. However you will not see that "true" version in cinemas around the world as longer than two hours is apparently not commercially viable enough ... I don't think people who are going to see such a film do care...

5.0

A frothy daydream

If you found Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind pretentious, artsy-fartsy, self indulgent bullpoop - then you're gonna hate his adaptation of Boris Vian's novel, 'Froth on the Daydream.' Like Terry Gilliam at full tilt, it's an eye-poppingly imaginative trip in which stars Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris excel. You can accuse it of style...

3.0