Hop over to France, down the rabbit hole of the obscure, and enter director Michel Gondry‘s land of imagination. Mood Indigo is fantastical whimsy through and through.
Colin (Romain Duris) is a man who enjoys chatting the ladies, until one morning at a bonkers breakfast he discovers his friends each have their own special lady. He is then determined to find his, and his word-smithing lawyer/chef/lothario/buddy Nicolas (Omar Sy) is eager to help. He learns a Gumbi-like dance to Duke Ellington’s Chloe and is set to seduce. At a dog’s birthday party, he meets a girl named none other than Chloe (Audrey Tautou). It is live c at first awkward interaction. Fast forward six months and the couple tie the knot in bizarre bliss. But on the honeymoon, a flower finds its way into Chloe’s chest, rendering her ill. Colin exhausts his savings and love desperately attempting to cure her as their apartment and her health crumbles.
The creativity almost overrides story. At one point I wondered if the psychedelic tricks were it (and if watching sober was a mistake). But then, when one thinks the brink of surreal is met, it turns real. All colour and clever gimmicks gone. You are left with actual human emotion. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the wild imagination, the detail. It was Lewis Carol meets Roald Dahl mixed with Tim Burton and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Catch Mood Indigo when it hits theatres (in Toronto it opens at The Royal on Friday, August 15).