‘Mood Indigo’ Trailer – ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Director’s New Surreal Portrait of Love

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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.

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Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in ‘Mood Indigo’

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.

Source: StudioCanal

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  1. I wouldn’t normally even give a film like this a second glance but I love Eternal Sunshine and Be Kind Rewind was better than expected so I’m actually kind of excited about this. Might be more whimsical than I’m willing to deal with but if it manages to recapture the likability of Eternal Sunshine then I can get on board with it.

    • Agreed. While I don’t want another Eternal Sunshine, I want another romantic movie that can leave me with the same feeling Eternal Sunshine did. Normally wouldn’t bother with this by the looks of it, but the fact that it’s by the same director might make me give it a chance. The thing I loved the most about Eternal Sunshine is it was just such a unique concept in a genre that’s filled with familiar stories. Judging from this trailer alone, it seems like aside from some fancy filmmaking this doesn’t really have the same kind of originality Eternal Sunshine did, but we’ll have to see.

  2. It definitely has style, but the trailer was cut too fast to capture the right mood i think the film is going for.

    but i am curious about the film. We haven’t had a good Rom-Com since (500) Days of Summer

    • That’s why I keep watching Annie Hall.

  3. Audrey Tautou is simply beautiful. Reminds me of Audrey Hepburn.

  4. Boris Vian’s book is not a romantic comedy, and it doesn’t end well. Vian is a bit like a Kafka on LSD. The dream-like quality is right up Gondry’s avenue, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he included the gruesome deaths (yep…!) with some visual symbolism. Curious to see how it turns out.