At this years Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, I had the great pleasure of seeing Mood Indigo – a new film by Michel Gondry based on the 1947 novel by Boris Vian. It was an incredibly creative film. I would expect nothing less from the director of “The Science of Sleep” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”- but Mood Indigo took it to a whole other level. The film is a work of art. It starts off bright, chaotic yet positive, full of passion, creativity, and humor – and then slowly descends into cramped, claustrophobic, dark, and ends with without redemption. This review of the novel puts it best:
“This is a great novel . . . Your heart will be broken. You will be confused and confounded. You will laugh aloud. And at least for a time, however hard you try, your own world will refuse to be what you think it is.” —James Sallis, author of Drive, in the Los Angeles Times Book Review
I am really glad that I was able to experience such a creative film. Leaving the theatre, I was overwhelmed with emotion about the film and left with a deep sadness about the world. However, the more that I thought about it that night, the more that I could see how the story touches so many aspects of human life in a whimsy manner. It conjured deep emotions that could only be expressed through an artform such as the medium of film. Truly this film is an incredible work of art. You should see it. Check out the screening times.