Tautou and Duris are adorable together but Gondry overdid every possible aspect of Mood Indigo. The quirky Pee Wee's Playhouse-esque scenes of Colin's house was overkill. I love cute and quirky, but damn, learn when to stop. 3 stars merely for the leads.
Gondry has always been pretty much a 'hit and miss' director and this over-visualized 'cotton candy' of a film falls into the miss category. Early on its sweet enough until one realizes the quirky visual effects are all it has to offer then comes the tummy ache of the second half that becomes more sickening as it goes on. French filmmaking whimsy continues to exist in the shadow of Jeunet's 'Amelie'. A miss.
Gondry's quirky and often clumsy ideas and visuals consistently drown his characters and plot into indifference and suffocate the spectator into a point where you think he's basically testing your patience. Horrible experience, dreadful film.
Inventive, yes. But what for? As lost as silly, this film is not made for minimalists. Forget acting, plot, aesthetics - you are invited to an object feast. At the end, those objects don't get the story anywhere, they are just art deco. Not really my kind of cinema.