Eight years have handed for the reason that final function by “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry. His at the least semi-autobiographical new comedy-drama “The E-book of Options” (additionally within the Administrators’ Fortnight part) affords a barely alarming but endearingly whimsical pseudo-explanation for why it’s taken him so lengthy to make one other film.
Centered on a really Gondry-esque filmmaker named Marc (Pierre Niney), who’s struggling to finish post-production on “Anybody, Everybody,” a mission he believes might be his masterpiece, the movie opens as a gathering with Marc’s financiers goes precipitously south. He’s nonetheless obsessively tweaking the movie’s fifth act, and they’re unimpressed with the footage he’s produced to date. Unwilling to confess defeat, Marc as a substitute absconds with the arduous drives and heads to a village within the Cévennes, the place his aunt Denise (the legendary Françoise Lebrun, heat and clever past measure) has a home.
There, Marc believes he’ll be capable of rediscover his inventive genius and re-edit the movie to perfection, in league together with his long-suffering editor Charlotte (Blanche Gardin), assistant Sylvia (Frankie Wallach), video specialist Gabrielle (Camille Rutherford), and more and more exhausted movie crew. Standing in the way in which, in fact, is Marc himself. Afraid to have a look at the footage, the director proves himself a grasp of procrastination, taking over one time-consuming job after one other and making certain his collaborators share in a lot of his self-inflicted complications. For all his manic-depressive flights of fantasy, Marc’s not so virtually minded, at one level telling Charlotte to place the footage collectively in reverse, at one other demanding that Sting contribute to the movie’s rating.
All through, the movie’s cheerfully eccentric tone suggests a technique someplace in Marc’s insanity; it’s titled after a daffy self-help information he’s abruptly moved to write down, that includes truisms reminiscent of “study by doing” and “don’t hearken to others.” Gondry’s troubled post-production course of on “Mood Indigo,” a wackily surreal 2013 romance that bears similarities to Marc’s would-be magnum opus, appears a direct inspiration, and so scenes through which Marc’s frantic, borderline-abusive remedy of his fellow filmmakers reaches a fever pitch register, just like the movie as a complete, as each comically exaggerated and enticingly self-reflexive.