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The Science of Sleep (2006)

La science des rêves (original title)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.



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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Vaneck ...
Aurélia Petit ...
Stéphane Metzger ...
Alain de Moyencourt ...
Gérard (as Decourt Moyen)
Inigo Lezzi ...
Monsieur Persinnet
Yvette Petit ...
Piano-playing Policeman
Eric Mariotto ...
Bertrand Delpierre ...
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Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stéphane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stéphanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Close your eyes. Open your heart. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Science of Sleep  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€130,814 (Italy), 21 January 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,925, 24 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,663,809, 17 December 2006
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1.85 : 1
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The song that Stephane writes for Stephanie is sung to the tune of "After Hours" by The Velvet Underground, which is also featured in the movie's trailer. See more »


[first lines]
Stephane: ¡Un, dos, tres, cuatro!
[Stéphane plays the drums, then the piano, then moves the cameras. "Stéphane TV"]
Stephane: Hi, and welcome back to another episode of "Télévision Educative". Tonight, I'll show you how dreams are prepared. People think it's a very simple and easy process but it's a bit more complicated than that. As you can see, a very delicate combination of complex ingredients is the key. First, we put in some random thoughts. And then, we add a little bit of reminiscences of the ...
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Making Certain
Written by Richie James Eaton
Performed by The Willowz
(c) 2005 Richie James Eaton Music BMI, Alex Nowicki Music BMI, Jessica Reynoza Music BMI,
Dan Bush Music BMI
(p) 2005 Richie James Eaton
Taken from the album "Talkincircles" issued by Sympathy for the Record Industry (2005)
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Dreamy Art Pic that requires multiple viewings
25 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this at the Sundance Film Festival and feel compelled to saw a few things about the flick. This movie is so insanely good and just plain insane at the same time. The movie follows Gael Garcia's character as he moves back to his mothers home in Paris and finds himself falling for the girl across the hall. Gael's character experiences reality through dreams and the present, creating all sorts of confusion. The movie has some of the most unique props and eccentric animation pieces I have ever seen, but would you expect anything less from Gondry (Eternal Sunshine..). This movie really can't be described in truth but holds so much potential for multiple viewings as its so full of life and visual wonders for the eyes. Gael Garcia is just perfect in this role and is fascinating in gesture and laugh out loud funny when the script allows. I think you should definitely look forward to seeing this movie when it gets a wide release, its funny, its art, its pleasure for the eyes and a puzzle for the mind.

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