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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Look: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Director Helms a New Fantasy Romance Film Starring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris and Omar Sy

Lots of people, including myself, have cheekily made reference to Tilda Swinton's somewhat otherworldly style, but few of us note how French actress Audrey Tautou's artistic expressions equally lend themselves to a more fantastical backdrop. (If you've seen Amélie, you know what I mean when I say that).

Which should make her perfect for a filmmaker like Michel Gondry, most beloved here in the U.S. for his breathtaking fantasy romance classic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The actress stars in his new film, MOOD INDIGO which, from what I saw on Rotten Tomatoes, has already divided critics (who all, however, remain impressed with Gondry's visual genius) after it circuited the film festivals last year. Tautou plays a woman who gets swept off her feet by the new man in her life, only to succumb to an unusual illness. Omar Sy (Intouchables) plays her beau's loyal chef. Read more:

Eminently inventive Michel Gondry finds inspiration from french novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped.) Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy, The Untouchables). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh, The Valet), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend's party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou) and, before they know it, they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers.

Yeah, this definitely sounds like a Tautou/Gondry film. But I am strangely intrigued by it. Gondry adapted the screenplay with fellow French scribe Luc Bossi from Boris Vian's novel of the same name.

Check out a few images from the film below:

And watch the trailer:

MOOD INDIGO is in selected theaters July 18th.


Daniel said...

Sounds rather fascinating, trailer has left me intrigued that's for sure.

Brittani Burnham said...

This looks interesting! I hadn't heard of it until now.

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