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The Science of Sleep (2005)

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, more...
Director: Michel Gondry, Michel Gondry
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Romance, France, Fantasy
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Inventive Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman into his life. Shy Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) has returned to his childhood hometown to accept a new job. When the prospective employment offer fails to live up to expectations, however, Stéphane is at least comforted by the close bond he has formed with his creative-thinking neighbor Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Their blossoming romance finally awakens the sleeping confidence that the withdrawn Stéphane was previously capable of displaying only in his dreams, but Stéphane and Stéphanie find their relationship challenged when lingering insecurities prompt the smitten visionary to confront an old dilemma that can't be solved by the Science of Sleep. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Exclusive Interview

Following a slew of already-classic music videos, the remarkable Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the rousing Dave Chappelle's Block Party, French director Michel Gondry's playfully surreal new feature, The Science of Sleep, opened to much acclaim. Sean Axmaker's got several question for him and, in turn, Gondry's got one for him. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Romanticized view of Stalking by gkwagner October 7, 2007 - 3:56 PM PDT
1 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Stephane is a man who is unable to separate reality from his dream world, becomes obsessed with a woman and refuses to leave her alone. Throughout the film, Stephane professes his "love" for Stephanie, and they do have a friendship, Stephanie says on more than one ocassion that she isn't interested in dating, Stephane becomes desolate, sleeping all the time, fantasizing about Stephanie in dreams. He stops eating. He completely disengages with reality. Why does this sound familiar? Oh yeah, because that's what I see when I look over domestic violence homicides. Stalking is one of the predictors of intimate partner homicides and in so many media forms it's presented as "romantic", or funny.

I recommend seeing this film to see the blurring and confusion of a first-person perspective of being a stalker. But do not mistake it for romance. It's psychosis.

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