Michel Gondry is back and, from the looks of it, as whimsical as ever.
A French trailer for the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director’s new film L’Ecume Des Jours (roughly translated to Mood Indigo) has hit the web and it is a sight to behold.
After a detour into studio filmmaking with 2011’s The Green Hornet and the ultra low-key experimentation of last year’s The We and the I, Mood Indigo appears to be a return to the dream-like visuals and quirky camera techniques that have become Gondry’s signature.
According to Vulture, the story is based on the 1947 French novel of the same name by Boris Vian. The film centers on a young couple’s romantic relationship. The man ( The Beat That My Heart Skipped’s Romain Duris) is a spirited, wealthy inventor and his beloved ( Amélie’s Audrey Tautou) is a beautiful young woman who develops a disease that can only be treated by surrounding her with flowers. The film marks a reunion of sorts between Duris and Tautou who co-starred as lovers in the 2002 film The Spanish Apartment.
Though the trailer is presented in un-subtitled French (the only English comes with the use of The Lumineer’s “Ho Hey”), the inspired visuals are more than enough to give you an idea of the film. Images of office drones working on a moving assembly line of typewriters, a character reversing time by turning a record backwards and the young couple exiting a wedding seemingly submerged in water and driving away via a transparent limo make for classic Gondry set pieces.
The trailer lists the release date as April 24 in France. A stateside release is expected to follow soon after.