Michel Gondry’s Next Movie Looks More Like Eternal Sunshine Than His Last Few

Slate's Culture Blog
May 22 2014 4:06 PM

The Trailer for Michel Gondry’s Next Movie Promises a Return to Whimsy

mood_indigo
Audrey Tatou and Roman Duris in Mood Indigo.

It’s been some time since Michel Gondry dove into fantastical storytelling—his last two narrative films, The Green Hornet and The We and the I, were more straightforward in style, the former a big-budget action-hero flick and the latter a coming-of-age drama. Mood Indigo, picked up by Drafthouse Films for U.S. distribution, appears to be a return to the French director’s earlier works, a romantic tale starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as a pair of lovers facing uncertainty with whimsy.

Based on the 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian and set in a “charmingly surreal” Paris, Chloé and Colin fall in love only to discover that she has a terrible illness. After a flower begins to grow within her lungs, Colin discovers that the only way to cure her is to surround her with flowers at all times. The French trailer for the film was released last year, but for those of us in need of subtitles, the U.S. version has finally arrived to give us a little more context.

Advertisement

There’s a whole cornucopia of aesthetic elements on display, and based on some of the early reviews (it premiered abroad at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as well as the Fantastic Fest in Austin last year), this could be the film’s undoing. At the very least, though, the consistently wonderful Tautou will likely make it a film worth seeking out.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?

A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 12:29 PM A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

Subprime Loans Are Back

And believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 22 2014 6:30 PM What Does It Mean to Be an American? Ted Cruz and Scott Brown think it’s about ideology. It’s really about culture.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 22 2014 5:38 PM Apple Won't Shut Down Beats Music After All (But Will Probably Rename It)
  Life
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 23 2014 9:01 AM Tristan Da Cunha: Life on the World's Most Remote Island
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 7:43 PM Emma Watson Threatened With Nude Photo Leak for Speaking Out About Women's Equality
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 1:52 PM Tell Us What You Think About Slate Plus Help us improve our new membership program.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 8:46 AM How Men Talk About Relationships in Rom-Coms: While Playing Sports
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 6:27 PM Should We All Be Learning How to Type in Virtual Reality?
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 23 2014 7:00 AM I Stand with Emma Watson
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.