Mood Indigo

France | 2013 | 131 mins | French w/ English subtitles
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Romance

One Screening Only
Date: Monday September 22, 2014
Time: 7:00
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 18)
Film contains sequences of occasional gory/grotesque images, use of expletives, mild sexual references, Nudity in a non-sexual context, alcohol and tobacco use.
Certifications:   Canada (Ontario): 14A / Australia:MA15+ / Australia:M (short version) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-12 / France:U / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:12 / Ireland:12A / Japan:G / Mexico:B15 / Netherlands:16 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:12 / USA:Not Rated

Director:Michel Gondry
Screenplay: Michel Gondry & Luc Bossi
Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh & Aïssa Maïga
Producer(s): Luc Bossi
Company: Entertainment One

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Synopsis

From the director of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND comes a magical love story that stood the test of time.  Adapted from Boris Vian’s cult international bestseller.

In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love.  With the help of his cook Nicolas and best friend Chick, he meets Chloe, the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune.  But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill.  She has a water lily growing in her chest.  Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved’s life…

Awards

  • Won Best Production Design at César Awards, France 2014
  • Nominated for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Director at Lumiere Awards, France 2014

Buzz

“Mood Indigo is unexpected, unusual and unforgettable, and Gondry is well and truly back. ” – SFX Magazine

“Journeys from the sublime to the heartbreaking as it charts the giddy, intoxicating happiness of a couple in love. ” – Daily Express

“It’s hard not to take delight in Michel Gondry and his whooshing, bendable universe. ” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Programmer’s Opinion

Michel Gondry returns to top form as a cinema magician after a few rather forgettable efforts (Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep) with Mood Indigo, an adaptation of France’s rite-of-passage novel “L’Écume des jours” by Boris Vian, originally published in 1947. While the novel is relatively unknown in North America, it is basically France’s version of “The Catcher in the Rye”. The story centers on Colin, a man who seems to have everything but love, so with the help of his friends he meets Chloe at a party. The two immediately seem made for each other, and so begins a gorgeous love affair that through the years is put through the ringer due to the tragedy that is life. It shares similar themes with Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind, but plays more dream-like yet classical in nature. Michel Gondry crafts a visually stunning film that truly immerses the audience in the magic of cinema, as the film’s balance of light and dark, whimsy and nightmare, colour and black-and-white are ever so finitely crafted that this bizarre and beautiful world, brought to life in the mind by Vian’s concocted words (such as pianocktail – a piano that makes cocktails), become a reality through Gondry’s lens. It’s light and humorous in just the right doses, and when the tale becomes tragic and dark, Gondry even begins to display an influence from the likes of David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and even France’s own fantastique auteur Jean Rollin. Watching Mood Indigo reminded me of the first time I saw the work of Georges Méliès, the original French illusionist filmmaker, and saw what sights could be shown through the power of cinema when created by minds thinking outside of reality. Mood Indigo is truly a joy to watch, and might just be Michel Gondry’s best film to date. – Tyler Baptist

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