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Mood Indigo

L'écume des jours

France | 2013 | 95 minutes | Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry’s surreal visual feast is the wildly imaginative tale of Colin, a posh Parisian bachelor who invents gadgets that delight his friends. But love eludes him until he meets Chloe (Audrey Tautou), whose strange medical condition—a flower grows inside her lungs—adds a bittersweet frisson to their true romance.

May 28, 2014
xHarvard Exit  
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May 31, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Saturday May 31 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Based on the novel by Boris Vian, Mood Indigo sees French writer-director Michel Gondry returning to his wild, imaginative, and romantic roots. Colin (Romain Duris) is living a colorful life in Paris—he’s wealthy, he enjoys the company and comfort of his offbeat friends (Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh), and is excited about his latest invention, the pianocktail (a piano that produces quality cocktails). One day, one of Colin’s friends admits that he’s fallen head-over-heels in love with an American woman. Envious and suddenly anxious out of loneliness, Colin wants the same. At a party, he meets the elegant Chloe (Audrey Tautou) and the two tumble into a whirlwind of jazz-dancing, ice-skating, city-sweeping romance. They fall in love and get married, but are suddenly confronted with the news of Chloe’s strange illness—she’s begun to grow a flower inside her lungs. As Chloe’s health deteriorates, so does her relationship with Colin. Gondry examines the joys, turmoil, and poeticism of love by creating another imaginative, evocative world colored by elation and heartache like he did in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Featuring compelling performances from Duris and Tautou, Mood Indigo is an inventive romance that audiences will swoon over.

Director Biography

Starting his career as a music video director for Bjork, Daft Punk, and Radiohead among others, the style of French filmmaker Michel Gondry was immediately unique. His emotional, whimsical and often experimental approach flourished in his perhaps best-known film, 2004’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a collaboration with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Gondry was most recently a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sponsored by First Sight Productions, KPLU, Seattle Met

Director: Michel Gondry
Principal Cast: Audrey Tautou, Omar Sy, Romain Duris, Aïssa Maïga, Philippe Torreton
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 95 minutes
Producer: Luc Bossi
Screenplay: Luc Bossi, Michel Gondry, based on the novel by Boris Vian
Cinematographers: Christophe Beaucarne
Editors: Marie-Charlotte Moreau
Music: Étienne Charry
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: César Awards, 2014 (Best Production Design)
Filmography: Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (Doc, 2013); The We and the I (2012); The Green Hornet (2011); The Thorn in the Heart (Doc, 2009); Be Kind Rewind (2008); The Science of Sleep (2006); Block Party (2005); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004); I’ve Been Twelve Forever (Doc, 2003); Human Nature (2001)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
International Sales: Studio Canal
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