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Who better than Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to convey the visual soarings of Boris Vian?
Stills from Mood Indigo, an upcoming film adapted by Gondry from a Vian novel were recently released in France. Shooting began this past April and is still ongoing.
Mood Indigo stars Audrey Tautou as well as French humorist Gad Elmaleh and the star of Intouchables Omar Sy.
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The French essayist dreamt, rather than wrote, his novel “L’Ecume des Jours,” (which was translated as “Froth on the daydream” for one of its several English-language editions). In it, Vian created an absurdist world of cocktail-mixing pianos and flower-related diseases and peopled it with strangely anodine characters.
Colin (played by Romain Duris) is a sweet, wealthy but bored man. He falls madly in love with Chloe (Audrey Tautou) whom he weds immediately. One day, Chloe falls ill. She suffers from a mysterious illness caused by a water lily growing in her lungs. The only cure is to surround her with room-fulls of flowers.
The Vian novel provides a commentary on disease, working conditions, discrimination, the star-system, and religion.
No information on distribution available as of this writing.
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(credit: Sébastien Bossi)