Mood Indigo (L'ecume des jours)
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, Philippe Torreton
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France 2013 94 mins.
Released by STUDIOCANAL
'A surreal world of captivating eccentric images that bombard the eye and mind - unique.'
Idealistic, fun loving wealthy bachelor Colin (Romain Duris) has a relaxed and fun life. Nicolas (Omar Sy) his talented personal chef, mentor and financial adviser tends to every need and best pal Chick (Gad Elmaleh), a huge fan of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre (Philippe Torreton) is a regular caller to share chit chat and the gastronomic delights that grace the table. Based on 'The Froth of Days' (Lectume des Jours) the 1947 novel by Bris Vian, 'Mood Indigo' is a colourfully surreal and poetic tale of Colin's wooing and winning Chloe (Audrey Tautou), a young woman who seems like the physical embodiment of the eponymous Duke Ellington tune.
Life is a glorious colour filled surreal palette, unique, happy, sunny and fun filled. Dance the smoochy jazzy Bigeloi, sip cocktails and fill the days with laughter and the company of friends.
The colour quickly fades when Chloe falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. To pay for her medical bills in this fantasy version of Paris, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs, while around them, their apartment disintegrates and their friends go to pieces. The colour of their very colourful world fades.
Eccentric, surreal and very clever with an insatiable energy that leaps out of the screen. a fantasy world full of astounding images be it a mini-man in a mouse costume who lives in the walls or a piano that dispenses the cocktail that you musically create. Brilliantly conceived with a serious element. That said, it's a bit wearing with a constant image bombardment.