Love and malady
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2014 | 12 | Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Michel Gondry Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga
with quirky details you’ll probably miss first time round, Michel Gondry’s fantasy romance is ideal for home viewing. Based on a 1947 novel by Boris Vian, it begins fluffy and sweet, as candy floss; then dark clouds of doom descend.
Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou are Colin and Chloe, a couple so cute you may want to slap them. He lives in a train carriage suspended between two buildings, surrounded by Heath Robinsonesque contraptions. A typical day involves touring the city in a cloud dangling from a crane, or dancing to jazz with impossibly bendy legs. Then a water lily starts growing in Chloe’s lung, and everything about their perfect world begins to decay.
More cynical souls may drown in its deluge of whimsy, and the tragedy lacks impact, since the characters lack substance; it’s all too fanciful to be truly affecting. But Gondry’s quicksilver imagination delivers so many delights that it’s never less than diverting.
Extras: “Behind Michel Gondry” ( 39 minutes) shows the director’s working methods ( improvisatory, chaotic) and character ( control freakery, manic energy, impatience). A 21- minute featurette shows how various sequences were constructed. Plus four more featurettes ( 28 minutes), five deleted scenes, and more. The Blu- ray ( rated) adds a Director’s Cut that’s 40 minutes longer! Ian Berriman Michel Gondry also plays Chloe’s doctor, because his first choice, ’ 60s pop star Jacques Dutronc, was unavailable.
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