Mood Indigo (film)
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French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michel Gondry|
|Produced by||Luc Bossi|
|Screenplay by||Luc Bossi
|Based on||Froth on the Daydream
by Boris Vian
Charlotte Le Bon
|Music by||Étienne Charry|
|Edited by||Marie-Charlotte Moreau|
|Running time||94 minutes (US)
125 minutes (International)
Mood Indigo (French: L'Écume des jours) is a 2013 French romantic fantasy film co-written and directed by Michel Gondry and co-written and produced by Luc Bossi, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. It is an adaptation of Boris Vian's 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream and its American edition Foam of the Daze (TamTam Books).
Colin has a very pleasant life: he is rich, he loves the food his cook makes (Nicolas), he loves his pianocktail (contraction of piano and cocktail, a word invented by Vian) and his friend Chick.
One day while having lunch with Chick, Chick tells him that he met a girl named Alise with whom he has a common passion: the writer Jean-Sol Partre (a spoonerism of Jean-Paul Sartre who was Boris Vian's friend).
Colin meets Chloe at a party Chick invited him to. They fall in love, marry, but Chloe becomes ill during their honeymoon. As time passes, Chloe's condition deteriorates while the relationship between Chick and Alise turns sour.
- Romain Duris as Colin
- Audrey Tautou as Chloé
- Gad Elmaleh as Chick
- Aïssa Maïga as Alise
- Omar Sy as Nicolas
- Charlotte Le Bon as Isis
- Sacha Bourdo as La souris
- Natacha Régnier as La marchande de remèdes
- Philippe Torreton as Jean-Sol Partre
- Alain Chabat as Gouffé
The screenplay was written by Luc Bossi and Michel Gondry and based on the 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian. The novel had previously been adapted into a 1968 French film with the English title Spray of the Days, and a 2001 Japanese film with the title Chloe. Mood Indigo was produced by Brio Films, with co-production support from France 2 Cinéma, StudioCanal, and the Belgian company Scope Pictures. It was pre-acquired by Canal+ and Ciné+, and received 650,000 euro from Eurimages. Filming started 10 April 2012 and ended on 23 July. Locations are used in Belgium and around Paris.
Reviews for the film have been mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 60% rating based on fifty-two reviews. The critical consensus reads as: "Mood Indigo is far from Michel Gondry's most compelling work, but it doesn't skimp on the visual whimsy and heartfelt emotion fans have come to expect".
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