Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry returns to theaters this year with Mood Indigo, which is his new testament to the power of imagination and love – in the face of life’s harsh realities – to rank alongside his previous critically-acclaimd features such as The Science of Sleep and, more famously, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Mood Indigo takes place in a surreal alternate reality, where Colin (Romain Duris) – the wealthy young inventor of “the cocktail-mixing piano” – falls in love with the woman named Chloe (Audrey Tautou), who is “the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune.” However, after their wedding, Chloe becomes terribly sick due to a water lily that is growing inside her lung; thus, Colin’s commitment and creative spark is put to the test, in order for him to save his sweetheart’s life.
The Mood Indigo cast includes Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Gad Elmaleh (Midnight in Paris); meanwhile, the script was written by Luc Bossi (The Prey) based on the international best-selling novel written by Boris Vian.
Gondry tempered his flamboyant artistic habits on his last three movies set in the United States, which includes the cult comedy Be Kind Rewind, the Seth Rogen-starring Green Hornet adaptation and the warmly-received Bronx teen slice of life The We and I. However, judging by the trailer, Mood Indigo not only brings Gondry back home, it also features an undiluted version of his whimsical and emotionally-vibrant storytelling tendencies (which can, at times, be overwhelming).
However, in the case of Mood Indigo, it seems like a close to perfect marriage of the artist’s style and content. It may also be the proper lead-in for Gondry to make his next directing project the Philip K. Dick Ubik novel adaptation that he’s been working on these past couple years.
Mood Indigo opens in theaters in France on April 24th, 2013. Look for it to reach U.S. theaters sometime later in 2013.