Mood Indigo (L’ecume Des Jours) Review

Co-writer/director Michel Gondry escaped to Paris after the failure of his The Green Hornet and turned out this irksomely surreal filming of Boris Vian’s novel that’s been cut by half-an-hour from its original form (and yes, two hours’ worth of this must have been twee torture).

A rich weirdo named Colin (Romain Duris) lives in a fanciful flat where his chef/lawyer/mentor Nicolas (IntouchablesOmar Sy) pulls eels out of taps and chats with helpful mice, and into this annoying dreamspace comes Chick (Gad Elmaleh), who talks of falling in love and makes Colin want to too.

They set off to a party where guests dance to Duke Ellington with rubbery FX legs and Colin meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou), with whom he falls in love, marries and sticks with as she falls ill due to a water lily growing in her lung.

More like Gondry’s infuriating The Science Of Sleep than his realistic (sort of) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, this has impressive animation sequences and expensive quirks (Colin seems to be guided by a bizarre control room straight out of a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film that might be his brain, or Heaven, or something) but eventually proves too much to bear, leaving you feeling that your mind’s turning to paté de foie gras.

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