- Director:Michel Gondry
- Cast:Gad Elmaleh , Romain Duris, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou
- Release Date:September 12, 2013
- Running time:131 minutes
- Film Worth:$14.50
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Director Michel Gondry’s impressive technical skill and flair proves to be a beautiful match for this tragedy-tinged love story.
Mood Indigo is a constantly surprising and poignant return to form for French wizard, Michel Gondry. In his best film since Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Gondry adapts – with screenwriter, Luc Bossi – Boris Vian’s tragedy about a whimsical couple, Colin and Chloe (Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou), and their physical and emotional decline as they deal with her terminal illness.
Unsurprisingly, Gondry offers expert technical skill, delivering an impressive mixture of wide-angled lenses, stop-motion animation, fast motion cinematography, and practical effects. The director revels in the film’s futurism and oddball alternate universe, especially its elaborate sets and delightfully inventive gadgets, courtesy of production designer, Stephane Rosenbaum (The Science Of Sleep), and special effects supervisor, Julien Poncet De La Grave (Rust And Bone). Gondry displays equally impressive visual control as the initially absurdist visual style becomes progressively monochromatic. In this respect, it’s a Trojan Horse film: Mood Indigo is almost too animated and robustly paced (think Terry Gilliam meets Woody Allen), but, as the film becomes tonally darker, it develops into a more starkly paced, stylistically subtle exploration of the characters’ vulnerabilities. The script is also intelligently constructed (if sometimes unevenly paced), melding subplots involving a lawyer/chef (Omar Sy) and an increasingly obsessive activist (Gad Elmaleh), with equal poignancy.
Gondry is helped by completely charming performances. Duris makes for an energetic Colin. The actor can run hot and cold, but he’s completely disarming here. Tautou, meanwhile, projects intelligence and verve as the charismatic Chloe in her most engaging turn since Amelie. As the couple’s friends, Sy and Elmaleh are naturally entertaining, and both balance large comic presences with subtle emotional performances. Silly and serious, Mood Indigo offers an entertaining and rewarding exploration of tragic subject matter.