It’s been a long time between good films for Michel Gondry, but this downward trend looks likely to change with his latest. The imaginative French filmmaker/music video legend made one of the best films of the past decade with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and followed that up with the charming The Science of Sleep, but things took a turn for the worse when he tried his hand at Hollywood fare (Be Kind Rewind, The Green Hornet). Gondry returns to France for the romantic drama Mood Indigo, with a terrific cast on board that includes Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), Audrey Tautou (Amelie), Omar Sy (The Intouchables) and Gad Elmaleh (Midnight in Paris). Based on Boris Vian’s 1947 novel L’Ecume des jours (Froth on the Daydream), the film tells the tale of a wealthy inventor (Duris) who marries a woman (Tautou) that develops an unusual flower-related illness on their honeymoon. This first trailer — which features no subtitles, but is light on dialogue — shows off some absolutely gorgeous and unsurprisingly wacky imagery, but it also seems to have a stronger emotional core than anything Gondry has made since Eternal Sunshine. Let’s hope that Mood Indigo is the long-awaited return to form that this trailer promises.
Mood Indigo opens April 24 in France. Watch the French trailer below (via The Playlist).