AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 14-20: MOOD INDIGO

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Mood IndigoOpening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Mood Indigo, another unusual romance from director Michel Gondry, who is known for unique interpretations of love stories that incorporate fantastical, surreal elements. This time Gondry creates a stylishly quirky fantasy world that includes a piano that makes cocktails, a dining room on rollerskates and a cloud-shaped vehicle. French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel provides the inspiration for the film, which stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris who embark on a whirlwind romance that is threatened when an unusual illness plagues Tautou’s character; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. It’s the kind of twist that fits perfectly well with Gondry’s inventive imagination. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Jennifer Merin: Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo presents a stylishly quirky fantasy world in which a player a piano concocts exotic cocktails, insect-like machines look after household tasks, and an inhaled flower threatens to end the life of a new bride. This odd and exquisitely realized scenario, based on Boris Vian’s cult novel, is Gondry at his best. Read full review.

Loren King: Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo is a surreal, inventive confection with such eye-popping delights as a dining room table on roller skates and a piano that mixes cocktails.

Nell Minow: Anything from Michel Gondry is sure to be richly imagined.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of July 14-18, 2014:

July 18
– Alive Inside (limited)
– Among Ravens (limited)
– And So It Goes
– I Origins (limited)
– Mood Indigo (limited)
– Persecuted (limited)
– Planes: Fire & Rescue (3D/2D theaters)
– The Purge: Anarchy
– Sex Tape
– Video Games: The Movie (limited)
– Wish I Was Here (NY, LA; expansions: July 25 & Aug. 1)

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