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ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry$
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Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456012

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.001.0001

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“We Can Change the Whole Narrative”: Crafting Play and Nostalgia in Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and Mood Indigo

“We Can Change the Whole Narrative”: Crafting Play and Nostalgia in Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and Mood Indigo

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(p.17) Chapter 1 “We Can Change the Whole Narrative”: Crafting Play and Nostalgia in Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and Mood Indigo
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ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry
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Danica van de Velde

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0002

This chapter by Danica van de Welde focuses on a “craft aesthetic” of Gondry’s surrealist visual aesthetic. This craft aesthetic features handmade objects as a tool to construct a space of magical realism that complicates boundaries between dreams, nostalgia, fantasy, and real life in The Science of Sleep and Mood Indigo. The Science of Sleep is about the romance between dreamer Stéphane and his neighbor Stéphanie, while Mood Indigo, a surreal romantic tragedy in which a man tries to save his beloved from dying of a flower growing in her lung, is Gondry’s cinematic adaptation of French author Boris Vian’s novel L’Écume des jours (1947). This chapter considers how although craft is often treated as lowly within fine arts frameworks, in these two films, craft and handmade objects take on new value as vehicles of nostalgia and romance.

Keywords:   Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep, Mood Indigo, Nostalgia, Handcrafted Objects, Boris Vian, Romance, Surrealism, Play, Whimsy

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