Movies by Mills (July 2014)

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MOOD INDIGO *Spoiler Alert

My life depends on this moment. If we screw up this moment, we try the next and if we fail the next...we have our whole loves together to get it right. Michel Gondry read “L’Ecume des Jours”, the novel by Boris Vian upon which Mood Indigo is based, two or three times before thinking about turning it into a film. In the book there is a line Colin says: It’s things that change, not people. And it is worth bearing that in mind when viewing this extraordinary film because Gondry does not see people aging but sees their photos growing youthful. He applies that to objects: bringing them to life by changing their purpose is something he finds very exciting. So right from the outset Gondry was in tune with the inventive mind of Vian. Mood Indigo is a poetic tale of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, and Chloe, a young woman who seems like the physical embodiment of the eponymous Duke Ellington tune. Their ideal marriage is turned upside down when Chloe falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. To pay for her medical bills in this fantasy version of Paris, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs, while around them, their apartment disintegrates and their friends go to pieces. 4