01 February 2009

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP, 2006, MICHEL GONDRY

I was lent this movie by one of my friends and I put off watching it two weeks more than I should have due to not liking Michel Gondry’s previous work ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind‘ (2004), now I have learnt from my mistakes and have bought the film on DVD and watched it several times over.



The story is of a young man who has moved from Mexico as his dad has died back to France, Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) has a very overactive imagination, which interferes with his dreams and reality. Stephane in his dreams owns and is in control of a TV station in his head where he discusses how dreams are made.


Stephane meets his neighbour one day and pretends he lives about half-an-hour away from his actual residence as he is the landlords son, whose wall Zoe (Emma De Caunes) and Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is his neighbour ruined with a screwdriver, to build Stephanie’s bed. 


Stephane and Stephanie build a friendship with each other, one day he falls asleep in the bath and writes a letter to Stephanie in which he asks for Zoe’s number. Stephane doesn’t believe that he wrote a letter to her, which she recites later to him word-for-word Stephane decides that they are connected through ‘Parallel Synchronized Randomness’.

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