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

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16 August 2006 (France)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£130,139 (UK) (16 February 2007)

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£130,139 (UK) (16 February 2007)
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At the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, director Michel Gondry told that the main location of the film is a house where he used to live 15 years ago. See more »

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[first lines]
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Adaptation by Jean-Michel Bernard
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Additional lyrics by Linda Serbu (as Miss Linda Colleen Serbu)
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Dreamy Art Pic that requires multiple viewings
25 January 2006 | by (Salt Lake City, UT USA) – 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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