Monday, August 18, 2014

Mood Indigo

Writer/Director Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo is a bizarre fantasy about a rich man (Romain Duris), who lives…we know not why and, eventually, don’t care…in a surreal world where a large team of minions service him and machines have a life of their own.

He meets a woman (Audrey Tautou), they fall in love, she gets sick on their honeymoon (a flower grows in her lung), he spends all his fortune on trying to cure her and she dies, leaving him penniless.

You see, there is a story buried in all the absurdist contraptions and, sometimes, rewardingly beautiful images provided by Cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne.

But, the person who had the real fun in this production must have been the Production Designer Stéphane Rosenbaum, who was given the budget to create all the fantastical machines and decors.
It’s because of Stéphane that I give Mood Indigo at least a 2+ out of 5.

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