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. –Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Pioneering director Michel Gondry’s remarkable creative energy and ability to innovate have resulted in some of the most visually stunning music videos in the history of the medium, and his wild imagination and organic, childlike imagery raised the bar of what one could achieve in the short format. In particular, his technique of placing numerous cameras around a subject and combining the images to form a visually astonishing sweeping effect has become so popular that it has since gone on to achieve timeless notoriety in such films as the The Matrix. With a family background that consists of a number of inventors and technological innovators, Gondry, not surprisingly, is seen as a bottomless wealth of imaginative innovation.
Michel Gondry is a native of Versailles who was raised in a freethinking family that encouraged and supported his creative endeavors; his parents harbored a deep love of pop music and the works of Duke Ellington, in particular. Gondry’s grandfather Constant… read more