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Michel Gondry might not be an expert storyteller, but he is a master of imagination. Where your average American movie adheres to a rigid and familiar structure — an A-to-B throughline that limits opportunity for creative exploration — Gondry vies for the opposite extreme: his latest film, Mood Indigo, could benefit from a few tweaks in the department of narrative form.
Meandering from one dreamy sequence to the next, the film falters in its delivery of what is meant to feel like a cogent love story/human tragedy. What it offers up instead is a nonstop carousel ride of wonderful ideas and images, all temperate beverages for our thirsty eyes. They more than make up for the film's narrative shortcomings, but that latter fault is what keeps Mood Indigo from being as thrilling and evocative as it otherwise might.
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Gondry has directed some fine scripts to states of splendor — he knocked Eternal Sunshine out of the park and gave us the erratic but successfully cohesive Science of Sleep. While each of these markedly bizarre movies feels like a mapped adventure with a clear course through Gondry's right brain, Mood Indigo (which he adapted with Luc Bossi from Boris Vian's novel) comes off more like a pit stop at a mental playground. It's a pleasure to see the director play freely with the products of preadolescent hallucinations, but the momentum trips up when we spend so much time ogling insectile doorbells, motorized feasts, elastic dance moves, "high"-speed boxcar races, and so many more odd turns.
Eventually, we get to the story, of which the movie takes even longer to acknowledge the presence than this review does. It's a romantic tragedy that has the Quixotic Colin (Romain Duris) caring for his new love and newer bride Chloé (Audrey Tautou, the cast standout) when she falls ill. In the latter half of the movie, Gondry uses his ambitious style to perfection, driving home the pangs of both parties — and those of their friends, stress-addled Nicolas (Omar Sy), obsessive addict Chick (Gad Elmalah), and the emotionally neglected Alise (Aïssa Maïga) — with darker hued dream clouds.
The talents of this team help the often jagged film carry forth. Tautou is positively magnetic in her comedic, dramatic, and romantic scenes alike. Backdrop players Sy, Elmalah, and Maïga pepper in a dynamic nuttiness that works in perfect congruence to the film's first half, and a tragic "sickness" that works just as well in the second half.
It is in this late chapter that the film becomes more than an experiment in visual charms, evolving to a highly evocative and surprisingly down-to-earth platform without pulling any punches in the oddball department. Still, we're entering an intimacy with these characters too late into the film in order for their emotional beats to land as effectively as they should. Gondry spends so much time introducing us to the various constructs and facets of his wild, vast, unique world that he slips up on introducing us to the people who occupy it. When we finally do get to know them, even the ones we've liked all along, it can be a strain to accept them as real people.
But fragmented though this story and these characters may be, they're all surrounded by such wonderful spectacle that it would be difficult to leave this movie without a supercharged heart and a jump-started imagination. These achievements are enough to render any of Moon Indigo's structural weaknesses a secondary thought.
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Grace Kelly's granddaughter has welcomed a son. Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, gave birth to Raphael on Tuesday (17Dec13).
The little boy is the 27 year old's first child with her partner, French actor Gad Elmaleh.
Raphael is Princess Caroline's second grandchild - her son, Andrea Casiraghi, also welcomed a boy, called Sacha, in March (13).
My theory is that you don't have a good show unless years later people are wondering what the characters they grew to love are doing in the present day. That's why people so desperately want reunion shows; they have this need to find out if the characters turned out okay. (I'm looking at you, Friends.)
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jerry Seinfeld revealed that Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine would probably all be doing, well, the same thing they always do: getting into awkward situations. And more specifically for George? Well he'd be hating life, per usual.
"They're going to be somewhat dysfunctional as we remember them," says Seinfeld in the interview. "I imagine there will be some kids, some divorces, social situations is what I would image for the four of them. George would probably have a wife and kids, very normal, suburban and he would be tortured."
However, for real life Jerry, things are looking up. Seinfeld has seamlessly transitioned from the small screen to the even smaller screen with his current web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
In each episode, Seinfeld picks up a guest in a vintage car and cruises the roads with them while they chit chat. And as you can imagine, when you lock two comedians in a car and put a camera on them, things can get pretty silly. The series just finished it's second season with guests Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Don Rickles, David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, and Gad Elmaleh (Jack and Jill).
And how is Seinfeld adapting to the new video format? He loves it. "It's instantly everywhere," says Seinfeld. "You go right into someone's pocket, wherever they are. And I really love that."
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Grace Kelly's granddaughter is pregnant and engaged to marry her longterm boyfriend, according to a U.S. report. Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco, is expecting her first child with French comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh.
The happy news comes just hours after the announcement that Charlotte's brother Andrea is preparing to tie the knot with his fiancee, South American heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo, later this month (Aug13).
The baby will be the first for Gucci model Charlotte and the second for Elmaleh who has a son Noé, 12, from a previous relationship with French actress Anne Brochet.
With two films hitting theaters just days apart from each other, it's pretty clear that this December is all about Steven Spielberg. He's releasing the first movie under his new pact with Disney called War Horse, but just before that Paramount Pictures will release The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is the second highly anticipated collaboration between him and Peter Jackson (the first was The Lovely Bones, but that's best left unmentioned).
We've just seen the poster for the motion-captured epic, which stars Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook, and would like to share it with you today! Check it out below, and check back with us soon as the trailer for the film is expected to hit the web shortly!
Gorgeous Irène (the extraordinary Audrey Tautou) loves her life as the girlfriend of an ultra-wealthy much-older man (Vernon Dobtcheff). The clothes the shoes the food the five-star hotels! But he gets drunk and passes out on the night of her birthday and so late that night she heads to the hotel bar for some company. What she finds is an empty bar--no barman on duty--and an oddly handsome young man (Gad Elmaleh) in a tuxedo asleep on one of the lounge’s couches. We know from earlier sequences that he is the barman but one look at Irène and Jean decides for that night at least to pretend that he is a multimillionaire. That deception leads to a romantic one-night stand and Irène leaves the next morning. Cut to one year later she returns to the hotel now the fiancée of the old man dripping in diamonds and living the life she has always believed is her destiny (despite her humble beginnings). When she and Jean rekindle for another fling all is lost when her fiancé discovers her infidelity. And so the comedy really begins as Jean tries to take his place only to find that her style of living drains his bank account almost immediately. The resulting lengths he goes to in order to win her love creates a series of comedic (and sometimes poignant) moments that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear by the time the credits roll. How can you not adore Audrey Tautou? Forget her foray into Hollywood in The Da Vinci Code where she simply played the sidekick to Tom Hanks’ leading man; think instead of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement in which her full talents have already been showcased. In Priceless writer-director Pierre Salvadori admits he wrote the role of Irène with her in mind and it is a perfect fit. As Irène she is so sexy so adorable so filled with life and yet riddled with the fear of not having money that she will do just about anything to have it that she almost instantly grabs hold of your heart. No matter what she does how badly she treats Jean when she discovers that he is poor you cannot help but be on her side hoping she is able to attain the wealth she so desperately desires. Her ability to show the inner depths of her emotions through just her eyes is extraordinary; this is a performance that deserves numerous accolades. Equal to the task of playing opposite her is Gad Elmaleh an actor whose face is not exactly handsome yet is so appealing that we quickly fall for him as well. He struggles to find a way to keep Irène close despite not having the millions he needs to afford her. The duo creates a winning combination that will make you believe that love can actually win out even in the most seemingly impossible situations. Director Pierre Salvadori readily admits that his deft touch with screwball comedy comes from his love of the films of Hollywood great Ernst Lubitsch the master of the genre (think Ninotchka To Be or Not to Be The Shop Around the Corner Heaven Can Wait). Happily Salvadori has succeeded admirably in creating a film worthy of the comparison. With no sentimentality but plenty of romance he creates a world where his characters change evolve and eventually allow their hearts to lead the way. It is the rare filmmaker who is able to create classics of this genre for often the stories are either too predictable--we always know from the start for example that the leads in any romantic comedy will end up together but it is the journey to get there that makes or breaks a film. Or perhaps the romantic comedy is too sappy and corny for our hearts to really believe in the story. Priceless is neither. Instead it is a rollicking funny and even poignant (for just a moment) comedy that will make you remember the fun you had while watching it. In other words Priceless is a quintessentially great romantic comedy and not to be missed.