There doesn’t seem to be much doubt or disagreement out there that Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is going to end up being one of those enduring romantic films that will still be twisting up our hearts in a few decades. That Charlie Kaufman script brought out the best in Michel Gondry, making it all the more disappointing that his follow-ups have felt so minor.
Perhaps then, there is real reason to cross a few fingers that his next film, Mood Indigo, is something more on the level of his debut, as it is another adaptation- this time of a novel by Boris Vian.
The book is decidedly up Gondry’s alley, and the first official synopsis of the film promises that not a bit of quirk from the novel has been ignored. With a love interest that is the physical manifestation of a song and a universe generally built on much more interesting physics than our own, this will definitely be recognizable Gondry.
From the director of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND comes a magical love story that stood the test of time. Adapted from Boris Vian’s cult international bestseller.
In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas and best friend Chick, he meets Chloe, the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a water lily growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved’s life…
The film stars Romain Duris and the stunning Audrey Tautou along with Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, and Léa Seydoux. Hopefully we’ll hear about release soon (it has a presence at the American Film Market as we speak).
A big batch of images snuck out earlier in the year, and I’ve included all of those from Quiet Earth below.