Mood Indigo (2013)

August 13, 2014

Director: Michel Gondry

Duration: 94 mins (France/Belgium)

Set the quirk factors to eleven. Michel Gondry, fresh off of the back of his Noam Chomsky interview film Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013), has found the energy to summon some of the wackiest of his imaginative impulses in his frenetic-but-melancholic Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou-starring tale of love beset by illness.

When Colin (Duris) comes to understand that his lover Chloe (Tautou) has developed an unusual illness of a flower growing on her lungs, he endeavours to find her a cure. With wit, charm and sadness, Gondry delicately etches a motion picture construct that will astound some through its inventiveness and irritate others. It is certainly fair to say that a chunky proportion of cinema-going audiences may have no time for the ditzy and fey shenanigans that incessantly interrupt proceedings. But to dismiss its well-intentioned and outstretched arms is also to cold heartedly close the door on filmmaking that is presented with a twinkle in its eye and smile on its face.

There is more invention in a 5 minute segment of this film that what there is in the whole of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, for example.

It is nice to see Duris and Tautou paired up again after the trilogy from Cedric Kaplisch, including Chinese Puzzle (2013), and there is also a pleasant turn from The Intouchables’s (2011) Omar Sy. Bask in wonder at the innocent, effervescent and childlike wonder that Gondry exhibits. It is a special and unique place indeed.


Mood Indigo is in cinemas now.

Here is the trailer:

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