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Critics Differ On Whether Michael Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Is Too 'Whimsical' Or Displays His Unique Vision


Audrey Tautou Romain Duris Gad Elmaleh

Mood Indigo has not fared well with critics on the day of its release in the US. The French language film has been described as "whimsical" but the focus on visual effects is somewhat overwhelming. 

Mood Indigo
Mood Indigo stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris.

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Colin (Romain Duris) is a rich inventor living in fantasy Paris who has focused his career on advancing his latest machine, the pianocktail; a piano that can also make cocktails for the thirsty instrumentalist. But his sights are soon turned away when he discovers that his best friend Chick is in love with a woman called Alise. Aggrieved by the thought of a life of loneliness, he decides to embark on a romantic adventure himself when he meets the quirky Chloe (Audrey Tautou) at a party. Initially a little awkward, Colin and Chloe fall dazzlingly in love. However, their happiness is soon compromised when Chloe falls deathly ill with a rare disease whereby a waterlily is growing inside her lung. Her only cure is to be surrounded by fresh flowers, but the question is, just how long can Colin keep up the treatment?

Originally entitled 'L'écume des jours', 'Mood Indigo' is a French fantasy romance based on the 1947 cult novel 'Froth on the Daydream' by Boris Vian. The movie has been directed by Academy Award winner Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'The Science of Sleep') and co-written by Luc Bossi ('The Prey', 'L'empire des loups'). It won a Cesar Award at the 2014 ceremony where it was nominated for a further two awards, and it was also nominated for four prizes at the Lumiere Awards. 'Mood Indigo' is due for UK cinematic release on August 1st 2014.

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Rose Pamphyle is a 21-year-old French girl in the 1950s living in dread of the inevitable life of a housewife; invisible to the rest of the world and living in the shadow of her fiancé, a local mechanic. Desperate to pave a more fulfilling path in life, she seeks out a job as a secretary and lands an interview with the head of an insurance company who happens to be the handsome and magnetic Louis Echard. Unfortunately, she makes a terrible mess of the interview and proves to be unfit for the important role. However, Echard is taken aback when he witnesses Rose's fingers flying across a typewriter at an incredible speed and decides to offer her a job - at a price. She has ignited a sporting passion in him and he is determined that she compete in the Regional Championship of Touch Typing with personal training from him. Working so closely together, Echard finds him more and more captivated by Rose, but will his competitive streak form a wedge between them?

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The Big Picture [L'Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie] Review


Excellent
An intriguing variation on The Talented Mr Ripley, this French dramatic thriller holds our attention mainly because of the hugely engaging Romain Duris. The plot is a little loose and fragmented, but we can't take our eyes off him.

Paul (Duris) is a successful Paris lawyer living in suburban bliss with his wife Sarah (Fois) and two lively sons (Cacote and Antic). But just as his boss (Deneuve) offers him the chance of a lifetime, Sarah pulls the rug out by asking for a divorce. So Paul confronts the man (Ruf) he holds responsible, and this starts a dizzying journey as Paul makes a series of decisions that change his life completely. Along the way he meets a drunken newsman (Arestrup) and a sexy editor (Katic) who spark even more unexpected actions.

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Paul Exben has it all: a job at one of Paris' most exclusive law firms, where he's tipped for promotion, a beautiful wife and two sons and a big house which he bought with his big salary. But lately his wife has been rather cold towards him - she has been cheating on Paul with a local photographer, Greg Kremer.

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Heartbreaker [L'Arnacoeur] Review


Excellent
This delightful romantic comedy refuses to play by Hollywood rules. So even though it's as predictable as you'd expect, it keeps the characters grounded in reality. And their dialog is peppered with truly terrific lines.

Alex (Duris) is a charming rogue makes a living breaking up undesirable relationships. Working with his sister (Ferrier) and her husband (Damiens), he woos women away from unsuitable suitors. His next assignment is in Monaco, where he must pry the wealthy Juliette (Paradis) from her lovely, wealthy British fiance (Lincoln). Posing as her bodyguard, Alex succeeds in catching her eye, but will she fall for him in time to stop the wedding? And what if Alex falls for her?

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Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur in French) is Pascal Chaumeil's directorial debut. Heartbreaker is a possible contender for the all time rom-com hall of fame with its wit, originality and above all, breath-taking romance.

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Exiles Review


Very Good
There's nothing like a good road trip flick, especially when the travelers are two sexy young people in love making their way across exotic landscapes while a throbbing soundtrack propels them along. In Exiles, Zano (Romain Duris) and his lovely girlfriend Naima (Lubna Azabal) decide to abandon Paris and make their way back to their native Algeria to seek their roots even though neither one has any money nor speaks Arabic.

It's Zano who has the dreamier outlook. Naima is up for an adventure, but he's the one who feels that something is missing in their lives, that they're somehow disconnected from who they are and they must seek out their heritage. They hop trains without tickets, hang out and camp with gypsies, and seek out music and dancing wherever they go. Zano is rarely without his Walkman, and Naima will find any excuse to put on a little dance show, even in the middle of a field.

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L'Auberge Espagnole Review


Good
A movie like L'Auberge Espagnole should feel like an embrace. You should be pulled into the close-knit environment of seven young, smart, sexy Europeans living together in a Barcelona flat (The title translates to "Euro Pudding"). You should feel the confusion of the movie's young protagonist as he struggles with his feelings for three women.

Though it is a solid movie with some astute observations, L'Auberge Espagnole constantly pushes you away like a busy parent on a deadline. The movie never makes a connection because it's too busy tackling too many subjects, instead of focusing on doing one thing well.

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Russian Dolls Review


OK
Not to be confused with the Aussie romance Russian Doll, Russian Dolls is actually a follow-up to the L'Auberge Espagnole, a polyglot confection about a bunch of college roommates living in Barcelona for the summer and undergoing many (largely romantic) misadventures. Five years later we catch up with the characters, comprising most of the original cast (including the since-big-and-famous Audrey Tautou, though she's not on screen for long). Have they grown emotionally, professionally, or intellectually? Well, yes and no, and we'll trot all across Europe to find out how they have and haven't.

Though there are several minor stories here, one sucks up most of the screen time. We start with Xavier (Romain Duris), whose career as a writer hasn't exactly been a hit: He's now co-writing a TV soap opera. His love life looks pretty sweet, though: A parade of women who speak every known language. Unfulfilling, but quite interesting for the audience, no?

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Gadjo Dilo Review


OK
Odd film about a Frenchman on a quest to find a singer he only knows through a cassette tape, but ends up falling in with a bunch of Gypsies and falling in love with one of them. Lots of foul mouthed language and even more dancing. Uh huh.

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped Review


Excellent
James Toback's Fingers is an odd film, but it's an even odder film to become fascinated with for nearly 30 years. French director Jacques Audiard (whose Read My Lips was an undersung gem) has remade Fingers, updated it for the zeros, and given it a Parisian bent... and the end result is just as compelling as Toback's original.

The story tracks closely with the original: Thomas Seyr (Romain Duris) is a wayward twentysomething who, with partner Fabrice (Jonathan Zaccaï) is trying to make a name for himself by completing shady real estate deals half done with cash and half done with muscle. Thomas is the muscle. Meanwhile, his life is a shambles -- his ailing father (Niels Arestrup) can't get the Russian mafia to pay him the money he's owed, but he's marrying a "glorified prostitute" anyway. Fabrice, meanwhile, is cheating in his lovely wife (an unforgettable Aure Atika), and eventually Thomas fills in for him.

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Romain Duris

Date of birth

28th May, 1974

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Mood Indigo Movie Review

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Populaire Movie Review

Populaire Movie Review

It's impossible not to be charmed by this cheeky French comedy, even if it's utterly...

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Populaire Trailer

Rose Pamphyle is a 21-year-old French girl in the 1950s living in dread of the...

The Big Picture [L'Homme qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie] Movie Review

The Big Picture [L'Homme qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie] Movie Review

An intriguing variation on The Talented Mr Ripley, this French dramatic thriller holds our attention...

The Big Picture Trailer

The Big Picture Trailer

Paul Exben has it all: a job at one of Paris' most exclusive law firms,...

Heartbreaker [L'Arnacoeur] Movie Review

Heartbreaker [L'Arnacoeur] Movie Review

This delightful romantic comedy refuses to play by Hollywood rules. So even though it's as...

Heartbreaker Trailer

Heartbreaker Trailer

Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur in French) is Pascal Chaumeil's directorial debut. Heartbreaker is a possible contender for...

L'Auberge Espagnole Movie Review

L'Auberge Espagnole Movie Review

A movie like L'Auberge Espagnole should feel like an embrace. You should be pulled into...

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