Michel Gondry‘s varied resume includes several documenatires, a superhero flick, and a scrappy urban drama, but he’s still best known for his most whimsical, even dreamlike creations. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is rightly hailed as a classic, and while Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep aren’t at that level, they had a sweet, oddball charm that felt uniquely Gondrian.

His newest feature, Mood Indigo, puts him squarely back into that same quirky territory. The romance follows a blissed-out young couple (Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou) whose marriage becomes complicated by her illness. If that doesn’t sound so weird, wait til you hear the details: He’s the wealthy young inventor of an olfactory-musical device called the pianocktail, her sickness is caused by a water lily in her lung, and the only treatment is to surround her constantly with fresh flowers. Mood Indigo is actually an adaptation of Boris Vian‘s 1947 novel L’Écume des Jours, but Gondry could hardly have found a more suitable premise for his sensibility if he’d come up with it himself. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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In the past few years, Michel Gondry seems to have fallen away somewhat from the playful dreaminess that characterized his earlier work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, and Be Kind Rewind. Last year’s The Green Hornet looked more or less like the studio superhero flick that it was, and his upcoming drama The We and the I seems to have an almost documentary-ish feel to it.

But for his next feature after that, the fantasy drama Mood Indigo, Gondry’s returning to his uniquely surreal aesthetic in full force. If you thought those bizarro cars were sight to behold, wait til you get a load of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris‘ cloud-bubble ride, or Aïssa Maïga and Gad Elmaleh racing some kind of mini-Popemobile through what appears to be a hotel.

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Having tackled a big-budget superhero flick in his last outing, The Green Hornet, Michel Gondry headed in the exact opposite direction with his follow-up film, The We and the I. The small-scale project has an almost documentary-like feel to it — more Dave Chappelle’s Block Party than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — and follows the shifting relationships among a group of Bronx teenagers riding home on the bus after the last day of school. The vibrant first trailer has dropped in advance of the film’s Cannes premiere, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Michel Gondry‘s Be Kind, Rewind was far from a box office smash when it was released in 2008, and drew decent but not spectacular critical reviews. It might have been forgotten by now if it weren’t for its introduction of “sweding,” or the practice of shooting no-budget remakes of big-budget projects. The trend has waned a bit over the years but it’s far from dead, as evidenced by two videos making the rounds that are as charmingly low-fi as any we’ve seen so far.

The first comes from Gondry, the master of sweding himself, who shot a three-minute version of the classic Taxi Driver starring himself in the Robert De Niro role, while the other is Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley‘s adorable, cardboard-heavy recreation of the recently released The Dark Knight Rises trailer. Watch both videos after the jump.

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Last year, as Alexander Payne was getting going on The Descendants, we got word that he was also planning an adaptation of the graphic novel Wilson, by Ghost World and Art School Confidential creator Daniel Clowes. We haven’t heard much about that project in a bit, but now Clowes says that the film is still in the works, and will be Payne’s next film after the black and white father/son roadtrip movie Nebraska. While I wouldn’t take the “next movie after Nebraska” idea as gospel, it is good to know the project isn’t dead. Sadly, some other Clowes film projects are dead; we’ll run down all the current status reports after the break. Read More »

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Back in May, we wrote about Michel Gondry‘s plans to make a film with Audrey Tautou. At the time, we didn’t know a whole lot about the movie, but recently, new details have emerged — and a new star as well. French actor Romain Duris has signed on for the project, which has now been revealed as an adaptation of Boris Vian‘s 1947 novel L’Écume des Jours. Translated in English as Froth on the Daydream or Foam on the Daze, it’s a bittersweet, offbeat romance that sounds like a perfect fit for Gondry’s playful sensibility. Read more after the jump.

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VOTD: ‘[the films of] Michel Gondry’

We’ve been following Kees van Dijkhuisen‘s “[the films of]” since the very beginning, and with the latest video, we’ve now reached the halfway point of his yearlong, twelve-part project. Like the other installments before it, “[the films of] Michel Gondry” focuses on a director’s body of work, showcasing his unique style through a montage of carefully selected clips from his oeuvre. Relive the whimsy and poignancy of a Gondry film in just two and a half minutes, after the jump.

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One of the good reports we somehow let other Cannes news bury late last week was the announcement that Michel Gondry plans to make a French-language film starring Audrey Tautou. We don’t know that much about the project, but fans of the director will find that he wooed the actress with a tactic that is eminently Gondry. In addition to details on that we’ve got a heads-up on the rest of his rather extensive development slate, after the break. Read More »

The Daily What brings us a creepy cosplay photo of the day, featuring Nemo from Finding Nemo (and what is that near his legs?)

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Michel Gondry Adapting Philip K. Dick Novel ‘Ubik’

Now that Michel Gondry has done the big studio thing with The Green Hornet he is free to focus on any of the number of projects that he’s been cooking over the years. The We and I is possibly his next film, which is a semi-documentary about group dynamics as seen in a bunch of kids on a school bus. (Really!) There’s also the animated Megalomania, which is a collaboration with his son Paul, and possibly a film (or project) with Bjork and the time travel movie Return of the Ice Kids.

Now there is one more possible project: an adaptation of Ubik, one of the stranger novels in Philip K. Dick‘s extensive catalog. Read More »