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Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep along with countless amazing music videos, has created another lovely dreamy film, L’Écume des jours, or Mood Indigo. It’s an adaptation of the French 1947 Boris Vian novel translated in English as Foam of the Daze. (Now I’m going to have to be one of those people who reads the book after they see the movie.) It’s about a woman(Audrey Tautou of Amelie who’s sick with an illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. The only way to cure the disease is to surround her with flowers. I already know, just from watching the trailer…on repeat for the last four days…that this is going to be one of my favorite movies of all-time. It could beat out Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It comes with all the Gondry elements that I love, like illusions with perspective and scale, elaborate sets with a cut-and-paste kind of feel, underwater characters, and gadgets galore. That’s what I love about Michel Gondry. He takes thoughts and dreams and makes them literal and tangible. In the trailer alone there’s a cloud-mobile, a clear glass limo, a typewriter conveyor belt, a piano that makes drinks based on the notes you hit, a sideways staircase, moving walls, a city which seems to made of paper, a fancy four record belt-driven turntable and ice skaters being remixed. I’m not sure what else you could ask for.
The release date in France was April 24th, but no word on a U.S. release yet. I’m Googling the title everyday just to see if it’s been picked up by a U.S. distributor. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time!

Here’s the subtitled trailer…

And the subtitle free version, just in case you can’t get enough…