L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) 2014

Mood Indigo

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Mood Indigo is far from Michel Gondry's most compelling work, but it doesn't skimp on the visual whimsy and heartfelt emotion fans have come to expect.

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A man (Romain Duris) sees his fortune dwindle after his wife (Audrey Tautou) develops a strange condition requiring that she always be surrounded by fresh flowers, or she will die.

Cast & Crew

Omar Sy
Nicolas
Aissa Maiga
Alise
Philippe Torreton
Jean-Sol Partre
Laurent Lafitte
Society Director
Michel Gondry
Screenwriter
Luc Bossi
Screenwriter
Luc Bossi
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Marie-Charlotte Moreau
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Étienne Charry
Original Music
Stéphane Rozenbaum
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Florence Fontaine
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Critic Reviews for L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo)

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (43)

  • Gondry has such an incomparable understanding of the way in which strange and unexpected sights can tickle you. What he sometimes lacks as a filmmaker is the awareness that he can tickle an audience to death.

    August 21, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Mood Indigo paints a depressing picture about romance but does so with fabulous, although often-exhausting, style.

    August 14, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Mood Indigo" feels both overdone and undercooked - a hectic but sketchy tale of oddball romance that slides inexorably into tragedy.

    August 8, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It's hard not to take delight in Michel Gondry and his whooshing, bendable universe.

    August 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • High kitsch it may be but Mood Indigo is certainly a welcome antidote to the usual terminal illness melodrama.

    August 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's beauty by the sackful in Mood Indigo, but it takes a good while to figure out exactly what it's meant to make us feel.

    August 1, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo)

  • Sep 28, 2015
    Gondry displays his usual visual creativity to bring us this surreal universe where abstract is made literal, but his overstuffed narrative has absolutely no structure and it is impossible not to feel exhausted with such a distracting amount of nonsensical elements thrown in at every second.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2015
    Two young people meet, fall in love and marry, then she develops a terminal illness. However, in the hands of Gondry, it's a delight to watch.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2015
    So much pointless whimsy. Creative multimedia films like "Bunny and the Bull" and "The Science of Sleep" use fantastical papier mache set pieces to represent some kind of distance between the characters and their imagined lives, but this film's twee arts and crafts hardly pertain to the story. The conflict indicated in the IMDb synopsis doesn't even come until halfway through the movie.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2015
    A man and woman fall in love, but then she inhales a snowflake and starts to die. As much as I loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I obviously hated The Green Hornet and didn't much care for The Science of Sleep. So I guess you could say that director Michel Gondry's particular brand of quirk is hit and miss but mostly miss for me. The special effects-laden morning routines of the protagonist and the goofy will-they-won't-they-but-you-really-know-they-will-because-plot courtship doesn't do anything to charm, and when the second act death march starts, the quirk takes a turn to the maudlin. When the film ends, there's not much to say about it besides "Well ... shit," and I didn't know whether I was describing the events or the film. Overall ... well ... shit.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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