The Science of Sleep (2006)
"La science des rêves" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  29 September 2006 (USA)
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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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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA)  »

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The Science of Sleep  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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


£130,139 (UK) (16 February 2007)

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Bassam Habib gave Michel Gondry the idea for the film when Gondry asked the then 10-year-old Mounier to come up with a bed time story. Literally the next day, Gondry began writing the script. 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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Darlin' I Think About You
Written by Ken Gold, Michael Denne, Lynton Haiff
Performed by Delegation
(c) 1979 Screen Gems - EMI Music Ltd
By permission of EMI Music Publishing France SA
(p) 1979 Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
By kind permission of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Frace
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Don't let that vote fool you
20 May 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a perfect example of a love-it-or-hate-it movie simply because its very nature means it's somewhat plot less -- we're constantly unsure if what we're seeing on the screen is really real or just in Gael Garcia Bernal's dreams, and some moviegoers abhor uncertainty, hence I think the large number of "1" votes for this flick. (Also, the film is ostensibly foreign, but moves from French to English with equal measure, with a little bit of Spanish tossed in, too. So maybe the shifts in language also irked some people, but I found it enchanting.) So don't let those low votes fool you; this is a beautiful, sublime film, and if you let yourself go onto its wavelength, you'll most likely find yourself *enjoying* the (perhaps unsolvable) visual puzzle Michel Gondry has created here. It is the quintessence of magical realism, and yet everything comes across as absolutely effortless, unlike the forced whimsy of, say, last year's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the too-clever-by-half Adaptation. I dare say it's probably one of the best films of the year.

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