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3.6
8,680 Ratings

The Science of Sleep

La science des rêves

Directed by Michel Gondry
France, 2006
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis

Shy and inhibited Stéphane possesses an extraordinarily active imagination and his vivid dreams often interfere with his ability to engage with reality. When he returns to his childhood home in Paris, he suddenly falls in love with his neighbor whose fertile imagination matches his own.

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The Science of Sleep Directed by Michel Gondry

Critics reviews

…If only love were so straightforward in this unhinged, papier-mâché fantasyscape Gondry created, but it isn’t, and though they have a few idiosyncratic dates, the chemistry between Stephane and Stephanie only exists in the dreamworld of a troubled man. The story exists here in the lack thereof; the narrative is both sideways and forward––it parallels and then contradicts itself––just like the puerile fascinations of its protagonist.
January 27, 2016
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Gondry’s freeform approach can teeter on indulgent meandering, and if there’s any charge to raise against the film, it’s that his own adolescent curiosity obstructs his ability to tell a cogent narrative. But like Stéphane, THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP is too damn charming to ever denounce, and though the film is often sentimental, an ambiguous, bittersweet ending saves it from feeling hackneyed.
August 24, 2012
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