Eminently inventive Michel Gondry finds an ideal counterpart in Boris Vian, whose novel Foam of the Daze provides the foundation for this manic, visionary love story. Romain Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Nominated for three 2014 César Awards: Étienne Charry (Best Original Music), Florence Fontaine (Best Costume), and Stéphane Rozenbaum (Best Production Design). A Drafthouse Films release.
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, 2014
“An experience that’s at once emotionally potent and visually delightful.” -Violet Lucca, Film Comment
“This is Gondry at his most liberated and inventive” -Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
“Has an energy all its own…Gondry’s voice is always welcome” -Bilge Ebiri, Vulture