Film: The Science of Sleep 15 rating Year: 2006
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Country: France Genre: Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou

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The Science of Sleep Synopsis - Following his fathers death, Stéphane agrees to move from Mexico to Paris to be nearer his mother. The job that he has been promised by his mother (designing posters), turns out to be a rather menial one (binding promotional catalogues). However when he meets his Stephanie (his new next door neighbour) things begin to look up, and he falls in love with her. But she doesn't want to be in love, and a strained friendship starts. As it becomes clear Stephane is making no progress with Stephanie, he retreats into his fantasy world to escape rejection and to come up with some magical ways to win her over to him.

Review of The Science of Sleep - AKA La Science des rêves. Quite simply The Science of Sleep one of the most magical films to come out of European cinema in many years. It could possibly be likened in many ways to Amelie - i.e. it's a romantic fantasy story, but this has much more of a quirky and contemporary feel to the story. Gondry has brought all of the invention and imagination that was evident in his previous film the fantastic "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and then woven bags of charm, humour, romance and emotional depth into a truly special story. The visual effects are top drawer (much as you would expect if you are familiar with his pop promo work of years gone by). Special mention must also go to the stars of the movie - Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg who both give excellently judged performances that perfectly hit the spot. The supporting cast are also tremendous. A truly magnificent film.
The reasons I recommend The Science of Sleep are: 1. A terrifically imaginative story. 2. Magnificent visual effects. 3. Excellent performances from both the lead actors and the supporting cast .