What do you get when you mix French director Michel Gondry with one of the most imaginative writers of twentieth century, Boris Vian ? Mood Indigo, of course, the movie that had us swinging hilarity to speechless awe.
There is just so much to like about Mood Indigo. The cast is darling – with doll face Audrey Tautou and the sponteanous and charming Romain Duris playing opposite her in front of a background of beautiful landscapes and a smattering of quirky dialogue.
Adapted from the bestselling and seemingly “unfilmable” 1947 novel by Boris Vian, the film cut down the epic to 90 minutes of dreamy ideals. The French title “L’écume des jours” which translates to ‘Froth on the Daydream’, speaks of the tragic romance between two lovers in Paris. Colin Duris starts out as a happy-go-lucky Parisian bachelor with a pet mouse and a machine that mixes cocktails dependant on the music you play. But all he needs to make his fantasy-inspired world complete is a lady friend. We all want to fall in love, don’t we? Enter Chloe (Audrey Tautou), who’s even more quirky and fun-loving than he is. A whirlwind romance with endless eccentric devices and feasts for the eyes but the too beautiful to be true story takes a darker turn when Chloe catches an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. We won’t say anymore but we dare you not to be seduced by this zany love-story!