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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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Presentation of the "Film B" of "The Science of Sleep" Max Linder cinema in Paris. In the presence of its director, Michel Gondry, and some people from the film crew.

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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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In dreams emotions are overwhelming. 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:

$347,925 (USA) (22 September 2006)


$4,663,809 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cop who plays the piano in Stéphanie's apartment is played by Jean-Michel Bernard, who composed the music for the film. 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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References Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) See more »


J'ai Deux Amours
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Georges Koger and Henri Varna
(c) Editions Salabert
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Beyond art
24 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is beautiful, intricate, fun - all at the same time. It hits the mind and pulls the heart strings on so many levels - while still managing to make a whole cinema audience laugh loudly, frequently and unreservedly. Michel Gondry has created something really wonderful here, the kind of film worth seeing again and again.

The Science of Sleep is trying to do something quite different to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but there's definitely something of the same feel. Certainly the level of exquisite artistry is comparable, but maybe it's also the amount of care and sincerity that has been invested in the inner lives of the film's characters.

This director/writer never sells anyone short, say, by using a character or situation just as a plot or artistic device. Instead the characters' growth and flow of ideas are what build the story, always treated with a touch that is loyal and genuine. You begin to feel loyal to them yourself, to have a sense of them as very real people in whose ultimate well-being you have a very involving stake.

That's all I really need say about the film, though I'd point out that the few negative comments I've seen below really weren't worth reading. Reservations I can understand (as everyone's different, right?) but these naysayers are clearly emotionally, intellectually and artistically stunted. Most likely they can't comprehend a work that doesn't fit their prescribed and limited framework for film appreciation - the sort which demands that progression be made through exactly the crude plot and character devisings which this film avoids. In fact, I don't think the Science of Sleep even studiously avoids them

  • it is simply a mile above such considerations. The film works on

every level - and if you're even halfway to normal with your own emotional development you'll get what's good about this.

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