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Movie reviews for The Science of Sleep

I didn’t know what to make of this movie, thought at first from the title and my intitial impression hearing the director Michel Gondry did music videos for thefoo fighters, I was expecting a science fiction drama. What I certainly did not expect was this kind of a movie, I don’t know where to begin, it is a psychodelic enchanting vision through the main lead, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (unrecognisable from the angry mexican in Babel). He plays Stephane, staying in his mother’s apartment in France as he starts a new job, Stephane sees and interpretes the world around him through his vivid dreams, and this is the magic of the movie, it involves animation, special effects and psychodelic images to bring those dreams vividly to life, not to mention it is also a love story with Stephane having a crush on his neighbor (Stephanie), played enchantedly by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who Stephane realises is the only one who truly understands him and his dreamy take on life. I haven’t seen anything quite like it, and you may either love it or loathe it, but what is clear is it captures vividly the dreamy world we have been to.

Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) in one of his dreamy episodes

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