TrustMovies had already seen the film once but wanted to watch again because of the density of the highly imaginative visuals and the very heavy-duty subtitles. I can usually guess fairly closely what will amuse my spouse, and I would have picked this film as a sure bet. Barely a few minutes into it, however, I could see I was dead wrong. After maybe a half hour, Spousie asked me, please, to pause the film for a moment, which I did. "This is the biggest piece of crap I've sever seen," he declared and left the room. I love this movie, MOOD INDIGO, crazy as it is, and so I finished that second viewing alone.
Michel Gondry, shown at left, who is responsible for this oddity. Gondry makes such unusual, deeply-felt yet very different types of films that you could almost declare a new genre, the Gondry, into which each of his films would fit. Mood Indigo may seem most like the fellow's earlier The Science of Sleep, a movie he wrote and directed all on his own. This new one is a collaboration between Mr. G. and Luc Bossi, based on the novel, L'écume des jours, by Boris Vian.
Drafthouse Films and running a relatively swift 94 minutes -- opens this Friday, July 18, in Los Angeles at the Landmark NuArt theater and in the New York City at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. In the weeks and months to come, the film will hit most major cities across the country. Click here, then scroll down, to see all the currently scheduled playdates and theaters.