Release Date: July 19, 2014
Gondry is, in my opinion, one of the most creative directors working today. Lately he's, rather unfortunately, known for the rather forgettable Hollywood film The Green Hornet (2011), but his earlier, indie films are actually quite memorable.
His films The Science of Sleep (2006) and Be Kind Rewind (2008) are both memorable little films that show great creativity in set design, imaginative props and practical special effects (particularly The Science of Sleep).
And who can forget his 2004 gem Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? It's currently sitting at #82 on IMDB's list of the top 250 films ever made. It was nominated for numerous awards, and it won an Oscar for best original screenplay for Charlie Kaufman's script, and it's one of my favorite movies of all time.
So it's hard not to get excited about his upcoming film Mood Indigo, a film that appears to be a return to form for Gondry, and his first collaboration with Audrey Tautou (famous for the wonderful 2001 film Amelie, which is currently #62 on IMDB's top 250 list).
It's based on the book L'Écume des jours by Boris Vian, and the summary of the film, according to IMDB, is as follows:
"Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, wealthy bachelor Colin spends his time developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas. When Colin learns that his best friend Chick, 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 Chloe and, before they know it, they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance. 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."It sounds surreal, and even mentions that it's "set in a charmingly surreal Paris," which makes it a perfect project for surreal director Michel Gondry.
The trailer looks interesting and, you guessed it, surreal. After seeing it, I'm very much looking forward to this film, and we won't have much longer to wait before it hits theaters here in the US. It's due out July 18th.