Michel Gondry might be known for his “quirky fantasy-soaked romances” (i.e. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) but his latest picture, Mood Indigo…seems to be more of that – hey, stick with what you know. In January, we reported Drafthouse Films had picked up the movie for U.S. distribution….which hasn’t changed. Mood Indigo is set for a limited release on July 18, and in anticipation there’s a new poster to whet your film-going pallet. Note: based on Gondry’s repertoire and the oddball trailer, this colorful poster may be an actual scene from the movie.
Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Romain 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.
Check out Mood Indigo if you’re looking for love, melancholy, and a little bit of puppetry.