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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The visual pop simply becomes annoying as it truly gets in the way of the storytelling."
‑ Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
"If it works on you it does so as an exquisitely managed mood piece and an unforgettable visual experience, one that uses fantasy and artifice as a pathway to emotional truth."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"While the two leads achieve a pleasant chemistry, all of the visual flourishes seem more like gimmicks after a while."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Fans of [director Gondry's works like] "Mood Indigo" and/or Boris Vian will undoubtedly love the film. But Michel Gondry is an acquired taste that I never acquired."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Mood Indigo deals with serious, adult themes - cancer, in this case - in a way that is both unique in its lightness of touch and profoundly moving."
‑ , Guardian
"French filmmaker Michel Gondry has demonstrated time and again that, despite his prodigious visual imagination, he can't tell a decent story."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Though the relentlessness of the on-screen antics threatens to wear you out, the film is over before that can quite happen."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Everything here has some foundation in the real world, but all of it is tuned to a higher frequency."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"I decided by the end that invention had somehow managed to pry whimsy's death grip from its throat."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"All of this may sound negative, but I was able to dig a lot of Mood Indigo. It wisely front-loads its weirdness so that you know what you're in for, then it keeps varying rather than intensifying it."
‑ Dan Schindel, Film School Rejects
"An elaborate, endless clown-car of whirligig contraptions and unreal images, with little bursts of romantic melancholy peeking out here and there."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A wearying experience that resembles being locked in a very small room with an exceptionally bright, pathologically self-absorbed child who will not shut up or calm down."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"It is often conceptually ingenious, but the twisted and bizarre Paris these characters inhabit starts to wear on the storytelling."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
"This is Gondry at his most Gondry-esque, for worse and for better."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Michel Gondry goes all out here, bringing both the fanciful wonders and dire circumstances of our couple's doomed affair to breathtaking, eye-popping life."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
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