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The French magician and director Georges Méliès was arguably the first master of special effects, filling the silent movie houses of the early 20th century with camera trickery that stunned and delighted audiences. A century later, Michel Gondry works very much in the spirit of his artistic predecessor and countryman, creating films and music videos that feel just as hand-crafted and visually fantastical.The Science of Sleepconcerns the flirtations and misunderstandings of Stéphane (Gael García Bernal,Babel), an aspiring visual artist, and Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg,21 Grams), his Parisian neighbor who creates whimsical sculptures from cotton balls and felt. As Stéphane toils in a caustic office for a company that makes calendars, he retreats into his dreams and finds them increasingly hard to distinguish from reality, and vice-versa.The Science of Sleepis a trilingual film, with dialogue spoken in French, English, and Spanish by characters who are very much global citizens, crossing boundaries of consciousness as easily as they cross boundaries of culture. Gondry decorates his love story with deliberately low-tech special effects, including cellophane made to look like bath water and a subconscious television studio constructed largely of corrugated cardboard. This is filmmaking with all the seams and stitches exposed, an appreciation for the patent falseness of films that nonetheless transport and enchant us. It's dreamy.--Ryan Boudinot
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CastGael Garcia Bernal, Miou-Miou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Pierre Vaneck
DirectorMichel Gondry
DVD Release Date:  February 6, 2007
Runtime:  106 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . February 01, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" is a surrealist's joint. This film is damn good proof that Gondry shall forevermore be a talented filmmaker, even with his several career turns (for the worse, as his most recent film, "The Green Hornet", may suggest). Perhaps the best directors are those who have had their days and then their failures. The Coen Brothers, for example, would not be so memorable if it had not been for the several mediocre films and the …
review by . March 25, 2007
This is a very European production. "The Science of Sleep" permeates with the viewer even more than "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind" did after its first viewing because its more impulsive and creative. Michel Gondry, now having three full-feature films under his belt, does penetrate the very core of our dreams, and somehow makes us believe that we can too.     In the beginning of this film we can clearly see that Stephane, played by the charming Gael Garcia Bernal, has problems …
review by . February 11, 2007
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The French have a way with films that tinker with reality, fantasy, illusions, and delusions and the result of those traits have produced some of the most exciting and avant garde films ever made. Michel Gondry has inherited the mantle from Cocteau, Resnais, etc and runs with it in this charming little diversion of a film THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP.    Gondry is primarily a visual artist and tells his stories in a visual manner, but that is not to say his stories are superficial or …
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