The Surreal Sets Of Michel Gondry’s Next, Mood Indigo

The production design of Michel Gondry‘s films is always rather detailed, even in the atypically naturalistic Green Hornet. At his best, Gondry creates three dimensional versions of pure imagination, pokes in his camera and pulls the audience across the screen to another world.

The particular other world of Mood Indigo,  Gondry’s adaptation of The Foam on the Daydream, looks like quite a curious place. And I mean curious just how Alice did.

L’Express posted a series of pictures today showing off some of the film’s sets and interesting prop pieces. Here they are.

This is the Pianocktail, a device that mixes drinks according to the combination of keys played.

This was created by Boris Vian in his original novel, but some folk have even tried to make on in real life. Here’s a video of an actual Pianocktail in action.

I’d be very surprised if Gondry’s doesn’t work too.

This is the apartment of Colin and Chloe, the characters played by Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. Google Translate tells me that there are nine stages to this set as it deteriorates:

It will be invaded by plants and fungi, the ceiling will come down, skin overlap the windows, the ground cover objects.

Stephane Rozenbaum says that the plan was for the room to be timeless, mixing different eras of design.

This turntable reflects upon the importance of jazz in the original novel, not to mention Gondry’s taste for mixing up 2D and 3D elements.

And here are Colin and Chloe’s bedroom, designed to be round, curved around the inside of a sphere; the office of Nicolas, Colin’s Butler, played by Omar Sy; and the kitchen, where we can see Alain Chabat on the screen.

There are apparently some 80 sets in the film. Rozenbaum says the standard he wanted to meet was that of the production design in Pedro Almodovar’s ouevre.

Mood Indigo is to open in France next May and is expected to make an appearance at Cannes. I’m looking forward to it a great deal. Sorry that the pictures were so small, but there don’t appear to be bigger versions anywhere.

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