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Mood Indigo

L'écume des jours

Directed by Michel Gondry
France, Belgium, 2013
Romance, Drama, Fantasy


Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she’s diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

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Mood Indigo Directed by Michel Gondry
[Mood Indigo] is an evident labor of love. It is often labored but sometimes lovely, particularly in the longer version included on Drafthouse’s DVD and Blu-ray edition.
January 09, 2015
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There are a number of issues with Mood Indigo. One is that Gondry’s old problems with narrative articulation are particularly pronounced here, since Vian’s story requires a significant tonal shift that the director cannot really navigate. But more importantly, Vian’s prose style is so saturated with off-the-wall imagery and skewed perspective, on a nearly sentence-by-sentence basis, that Gondry’s adaptation of said prose comes across as overkill.
September 18, 2014
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The most direct precedent for Gondry’s film might be David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, which responds with comparable imagination to the challenge of adapting an unfilmable novel. Both are highly personal works that filter the author’s biography and literary style through the director’s unique aesthetic. Mood Indigo is as much about Vian’s Parisian adventures of the 1930s as it is about Gondry’s nostalgia for a time and place that he didn’t experience directly.
August 28, 2014
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