Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Science of Sleep - Film


Starring Gael Garcia Bernal as Stéphane Miroux and Charlotte Gainsbourg as Stéphanie in this film written and directed by Michel Gondry. It comes under a few genres: comedy, drama, fantasy and romance. Considering Gondry also wrote and directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (one of my all time favouite films), the surreal aspects of this film make a lot more sense!

The plot tagline reads: A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. This doesn't quite do the film justice. It is one of the most surreal films I have seen which didn't stop me enjoying it. It alternates between English and French (subtitled) with some Spanish thrown in for good measue. Stephane has amazing dream sequences which start to creep into his everyday world and relationships, in particular his work colleagues and his neighbour Stephanie.

I would give it ***1/2 out of 5. Good but not as good as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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