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The Science of Sleep

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

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Release : 2006
Rating : 7.3
Studio : Canal+, 
Crew : Production Design,  Production Design, 
Cast : Gael García Bernal Charlotte Gainsbourg Miou-Miou Alain Chabat Emma de Caunes
Genre : Fantasy Drama Comedy

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Reviews

Lawbolisted
2018/08/30

Powerful

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Bea Swanson
2018/08/30

This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.

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Aubrey Hackett
2018/08/30

While it is a pity that the story wasn't told with more visual finesse, this is trivial compared to our real-world problems. It takes a good movie to put that into perspective.

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Cody
2018/08/30

One of the best movies of the year! Incredible from the beginning to the end.

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royalewcheese11
2015/04/29

Writer/director Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep is an interestingly crafted film that explores the fantastical dream state of one's mind, dissecting the science behind their construction. In the daytime, we experience many things ranging from all levels of importance – and even the smallest moments can re-emerge as greater entities in the mysterious wonder of our dreams later that night.We follow Stéphane (Gael García Bernal), a shy and quirkily insecure young Mexican man, as he tries to adapt to the atmosphere of his new home in Paris. With difficulty connecting with his odd new coworkers, he finds solace only in spending time with his lovely neighbor, Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). That, as well as escaping into his dream world where he doesn't have to suffer the hardships of trying to interact with people and make a good impression. His mother says he has always had trouble deciphering his dreams from reality, and this becomes clearer as we see the two intertwining throughout, along with an ongoing commentary from inside Stéphane's head – which is presented as the set of a TV show hosted by Stéphane himself. These complications of his psyche are both charming and suspicious to Stéphanie, and Stéphane is determined to power through and earn her love, allowing her into his fascinating universe.The dream-like images rely heavily on practical effects – most notably stop motion. In fact, the display of these effects is so prominent that for a while it may feel as though they were Gondry's main inspiration to make the film, using a character who dreams of such things as an excuse to include so many sequences depicting them. They don't always feel completely necessary and at times distract from the narrative. His screenplay presents a substantial amount of deep-thinking ideas, plenty of which are muddled or lost in the bizarre techniques used to illustrate them. The film is also a comedy of sorts, with many jarringly silly actions taking place in the dreams as well as more subtly funny moments found in the awkward mannerisms and dialogue between the main character and his romantic interest.Despite the messiness in the presentation of Gondry's ambitious themes, his visual flair does make for some intriguing scenes and shots, and the film is edited at a brisk pace. Perhaps the standout is Bernal's performance, which lets us in on the character's possible insanity and makes him sympathetic and fun to watch. There are nuances in his behavioral ticks amid nervous or uncomfortable situations that evoke an affection for him without force, and keep us from being totally distanced by the wacky nature of the world by which he is entrapped. The chemistry with Gainsbourg is solid too, achieving some touching moments in spots, specifically toward the end of the film.While not a tough viewing experience, nor an effort lacking any admirable aspects, The Science of Sleep is an overall unremarkable film that fails to accomplish much ponderous thought in the viewer once it comes to a close. It is adequately made and showcases a very good central performance, but the script is a tad misdirected with ideas that are overshadowed by an unfocused tone and eccentricities in the effects that elicit the impression that experimentalism was key in the motivation to get the film made.

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Chris Parkins
2015/04/29

I didn't particularly enjoy the movie. It became boring at times when the main character acts like a child in love with a girl on the play ground. Even towards the end of the movie he was throwing his toys out the cot around because he dint get his way and nothing even happened between the two character in the end. The only things that impressed me was the set in his dreams was very creative at times it reminded me of Sponge bob with his bath dreams which I thought was very impressive. The humour in his office where he works was quite funny when the people he worked with cracked a few jokes between themselves. so all in all I didn't really enjoy the movie.

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marius-244-692142
2015/04/27

While watching movies, I am trying to find an emotional connection or some other connecting characteristic or hobby to be able to relate to the main character and I am comparing what I would do in his/her situation. In "The Science of Sleep" I could not really find any similarities to Stephane, the protagonist, who seemed confusing to me, just like the whole movie. Confusing for me were the scenes, where Michel Gondry (director) mixed dreams with reality. The protagonist Stephane, a shy and creative Mexican, is a very emotional dreamer. This means that his dreams are affecting him so much, that he starts to move, walk around, talk and write during the night. I couldn't sympathize a lot with Stephane, which made his actions for me feeling very weird watching him. "He is a man-child, unable to adjust himself to the everyday realities of the outside world." (Quote from another Review) – This instability (kind of uncomfortable feeling) was transferred to me while seeing this film - the director maybe wanted me to feel like that – I don't know. The director used a lot of Time-Laps Technique, to better demonstrate Stephane's dreams and the 'magic'. What I also noticed was the audio recording of the doors, which seemed to me to loud and supported my already twitchy stomach. The film had a very abrupt ending, which could be unsatisfying for some people. Anyways "The Science of Sleep" is a very special and creative film, which creates magic, it has some funny parts in it and provides entertainment – just not my favourite type of movie.

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Ozan Bektasoglu
2014/02/23

It was the worst, most disgusting, unmindful, unrealistic movie i ever seen in my life.I have been watching since i am 10 nearly every week but i have never seen that much depressed movie. I just wasted my 100 minutes of my life for this rubbish. Never watch it, don't believe the votes...I cant even tell you how bad was it..If you really think it worths to watch then go on..But now i assure you that i feel depressed too.It just brought me some bad memories and how a person can be miserable that much.. If you are in depressed mind i strongly suggest you to not watch this rubbish..

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