After branching out with a superhero comedy and an experimental urban drama, Michel Gondry is back to his usual whimsical tricks in Mood Indigo. And what great tricks they are.

A musical-olfactory pianocktail device, a kitchen assistant no bigger than a table spoon, a lung pierced with a water lily, and an underwater church wedding are just a few of the dreamlike images you’ll see in the new trailer. The story, based on the novel L’écume des jours by Boris Vian, centers on a newlywed couple (Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou) whose life together is threatened when the wife falls ill. Watch the video after the jump.

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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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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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Movie Playlist: Robert Pattinson

elcome to another edition of Movie Playlist, where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.

Last week I had the chance to sit down with Robert Pattinson, star of Twilight. In the past editions of Movie Playlist, I have gotten pretty much what I’ve expected. The intellectual director usually spouts off a bunch of cool obscure films from the 1950′s and 1960′s, and actors usually focus on the careers of a few key actors. But I’ll admit, Robert’s choices were both surprising and refreshing.

/Film: What’s the movie that you’ve seen the most, do you think, in your lifetime?

Robert Pattinson: I go through periods where I just watch the same thing again and again and again. I’ve been watching this movie called Ivansxtc. It’s a Danny Huston movie. I watched it like 50 times this year.

/Film: Why were you so attracted to that film?

Robert Pattinson: If you watched it, you’d understand. It starts off kind of stupid, but it ends up being Danny Huston. It’s kind of transcendent. He lifts the whole movie. It’s like when you just see an actor and they’ve got the part of their career, and the scene and they’re not messing up. It’s an amazing, amazing movie. I don’t even think you can buy it in America.

/Film: I haven’t even heard of this one.

Robert Pattinson: I know. It’s like they don’t sell it anywhere. They sell it in England everywhere, but I can’t get it anywhere in America.

Robert Pattinson: I grew up watching lots of different Jack Nicholson movies. So, I was like kind of really into Jack Nicholson. Five Easy Pieces – I guess I’ve watched that a lot.

/Film: Why Jack Nicholson?

Robert Pattinson: I think he is literally the only actor who I can guarantee if I see a Jack Nicholson movie which I haven’t seen, even though I’ve seen them all now, but it’s like the same Jack Nicholson on a DVD box or whatever. It’s like seal of approval. So, you know that there’s something going to be worth watching about the movie. Every single thing he’s done, It’s bizarre.

/Film: You’ve never been disappointed by a Jack Nicholson film?

Robert Pattinson: Sometimes a little bit by the movie, but like there’s always something. There’s a few other actors who have quite a good track like him; maybe 90%, but like he has 100%.

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