Mood Indigo
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Eminently inventive Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped). Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gondry has such an incomparable understanding of the way in which strange and unexpected sights can tickle you. What he sometimes lacks as a filmmaker is the awareness that he can tickle an audience to death."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"It's hard not to take delight in Michel Gondry and his whooshing, bendable universe."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The opening scenes are filled with stop-motion animation, a mouse blowing soap bubbles and other delights; later episodes are dark and ashen. The effect is that of Pee-wee's Playhouse slowly sinking into the dank tarn that claimed Poe's House of Usher."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Some will find this romantic fantasy the uber-Michel Gondry text, indulging in all his worst tendencies. But if anything, this is like the head-in-the-clouds fantasist finally closing his beloved sketchbook and facing the rest of the world."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"Mood Indigo is unexpected, unusual and unforgettable, and Gondry is well and truly back."
‑ Jayne Nelson, SFX Magazine
"Mood Indigo paints a depressing picture about romance but does so with fabulous, although often-exhausting, style."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"A mad mix of what Tex Avery, Rube Goldberg and the silent-film fantasist Georges Melies might have come up with if they'd put their feverish heads together."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Mood Indigo is, by any sane criteria, a quixotic, even ill-advised folly. There's a certain overexertion to it all-like Terry Gilliam, Gondry is always compelled to push things that little bit harder when you wish they'd been handled lightly."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"It's such a visual stunner you might well forget how humdrum a story it encompasses."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Whimsy underscored by the unsettlingly weird."
‑ John Serba,
""Mood Indigo" feels both overdone and undercooked - a hectic but sketchy tale of oddball romance that slides inexorably into tragedy."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Just the first 10 minutes of Michel Gondry's latest pillowcase of whimsy, "Mood Indigo," has more invention than most of the movies you'll see this year."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"At a time when so much filmmaking is marked by rampant laziness, it's both refreshing and a little daunting to encounter a film of such nonstop invention and creativity as Mood Indigo."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A never-ending truckload of clever ideas are slapped together confusingly and yet Mood Indigo is still able to unravel the drooping strings of your knitted wool innards in familiar yet welcome fashion."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"Mood Indigo is an excessive, borderline-unwatchable folly, but it's hard not to admire - and even at moments, revel in - Gondry's demented enthusiasm."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
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