The Science Of Sleep

The Science Of Sleep

The Science Of Sleep
Gleefully released from those silly film conventions screenwriters adhere to, brilliant 'cinemagician' Michel Gondry directs his own script. Gondry's visual appeal stems from the low-fi demands put upon his fantastical effects. Using in-camera trickery rather than CGI, his worlds are tactile and immediately engaging. What you're guaranteed is something heartfelt, original & eye-popping. Watch the trailer.

Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) moves back in with his French mom after the death of his father. Distraught, he starts a job as a graphic designer that is more photocopying than creation. Overwhelmed by his "reality" world, his dreams sharpen and intensify: Soon, his soaring dream life intercedes with his everyday world.
2007Rating: M, contains offensive language & sexual references105 minsFranceIn English & French, with English subtitles
ComedyDrama
Director:
Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party', and various video clips by Bjork, White Stripes, Massive Attack)
Writer:
Michel Gondry
Cast:
Gael Garcia BernalCharlotte GainsbourgAlain ChabatMiou-Miou

Reviews & comments

Funny, whimsical and innovative filming.

Saw this at last year's film festival and found it to be one of the most delightfully quirky movies I've ever seen. It truly is cinematic magic. 5 stars from me =)

5.0

Science of Brilliance

Dear Michel, I really liked your film. Was is really based on your own experiences? You must be an imaginative man. I liked the dream sequences with the low-fi effects like rear-projection and entire cities made out of cardboard tubes. It looked cool as. I thought the actress who played the friend (Zoe) was really hot. I liked her hair. Can...

5.0

very disappointing

I was expecting a lot from Michel Gondry on the back of Eternal Sunshine and what appeared to be an interesting concept for this particular movie, but this was a massive disappointment. The characters, or caricatures, are poorly written and the dialogue is painful at times. I guess the idea may be that the latter is how people really talk in situations...

1.0

Mind Blowing!

Geez!! It literally was Mindblowing for me....I came out of the cinema hall with a headache. A wonderful film though for all those abstract concept lovers out there.

3.0

The best film of the year

I saw this at the festival and can't recommend it enough, for its originality, verve & humour.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

A whimsical, irrepressibly creative and playfully childlike confection, has all the visual excitement of the director's previous work... No doubt highly personal and yet as effervescent as sparkling water, this fanciful dive into the imaginative world of an insecure young man, and his haphazard attempts to establish a connection with a female neighbor...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

So while The Science of Sleep may not, in the end, be terribly deep, it is undoubtedly -- and deeply -- refreshing...

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Those who make a point of seeing this on the basis of director Michel Gondry's previous quite brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are likely to be disappointed...

2.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

It's not likely you'll see a film more visually exhilarating until, well, Gondry's next...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A kaleidoscopic concoction of novel images, this synaptic cinematic is a wild visual phantasmaria. In short, it's a textural mindblower and a lot of fun...

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The Science of Sleep truly has to be seen to be believed....

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It suffers occasionally from self-consciousness and over-indulgence in its own oddity, but Gondry’s grasp of emotion and visuals is enchanting. Even if he seems several sandwiches short of a picnic...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A whimsical, irrepressibly creative and playfully childlike confection, has all the visual excitement of the director's previous work... No doubt highly personal and yet as effervescent as sparkling water, this fanciful dive into the imaginative world of an insecure young man, and his haphazard attempts to establish a connection with a female neighbor...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

So while The Science of Sleep may not, in the end, be terribly deep, it is undoubtedly -- and deeply -- refreshing...

Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Those who make a point of seeing this on the basis of director Michel Gondry's previous quite brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are likely to be disappointed...

2.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

It's not likely you'll see a film more visually exhilarating until, well, Gondry's next...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A kaleidoscopic concoction of novel images, this synaptic cinematic is a wild visual phantasmaria. In short, it's a textural mindblower and a lot of fun...

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The Science of Sleep truly has to be seen to be believed....

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It suffers occasionally from self-consciousness and over-indulgence in its own oddity, but Gondry’s grasp of emotion and visuals is enchanting. Even if he seems several sandwiches short of a picnic...

4.0

Funny, whimsical and innovative filming.

Saw this at last year's film festival and found it to be one of the most delightfully quirky movies I've ever seen. It truly is cinematic magic. 5 stars from me =)

5.0

Science of Brilliance

Dear Michel, I really liked your film. Was is really based on your own experiences? You must be an imaginative man. I liked the dream sequences with the low-fi effects like rear-projection and entire cities made out of cardboard tubes. It looked cool as. I thought the actress who played the friend (Zoe) was really hot. I liked her hair. Can...

5.0

very disappointing

I was expecting a lot from Michel Gondry on the back of Eternal Sunshine and what appeared to be an interesting concept for this particular movie, but this was a massive disappointment. The characters, or caricatures, are poorly written and the dialogue is painful at times. I guess the idea may be that the latter is how people really talk in situations...

1.0

Mind Blowing!

Geez!! It literally was Mindblowing for me....I came out of the cinema hall with a headache. A wonderful film though for all those abstract concept lovers out there.

3.0

The best film of the year

I saw this at the festival and can't recommend it enough, for its originality, verve & humour.

5.0