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The Science of Sleep -- "The Science of Sleep", a playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephane Miroux, an eccentric young man whose
dreams constantly invade his waking life.
The Science of Sleep -- A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
The Science of Sleep -- A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.


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29 September 2006 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Michel Gondry 
Writing credits
Michel Gondry (written by)

Produced by
Georges Bermann .... producer
Michel Gondry .... producer
Frédéric Junqua .... producer
Inigo Lezzi .... line producer
Original Music by
Jean-Michel Bernard 
Cinematography by
Jean-Louis Bompoint 
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
Casting by
Nathalie Guillaume 
Julie Navarro 
Production Design by
Ann Chakraverty 
Pierre Pell 
Stéphane Rosenbaum 
Costume Design by
Florence Fontaine 
Makeup Department
Maya Benamer .... key makeup artist
Simine Commien .... makeup artist
Aurélie Rameau .... makeup artist
Céline Rothfuss .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robin Accard .... post-production manager
Attila Egry .... unit production manager
Julien Flick .... assistant unit manager
Benjamin Krecke .... unit manager trainee
Inigo Lezzi .... production manager
Cyril Merle .... production manager: animation
Damien Saussol .... assistant general manager
Olivier Torion .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julia d'Artemare .... trainee assistant director
Bertrand Delpierre .... first assistant director
Thomas Lipmann .... second assistant director
Chris Schepard .... third assistant director (as Christopher Schepard)
Art Department
Lauri Faggioni .... creator: animals and accessories
Bruno Guillemet .... sculptures
Benoît Herlin .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Régis Boussin .... boom operator
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound
Benoit Gargonne .... dialogue editor
Jean Gargonne .... sound editor
Damien Lazzerini .... sound re-recording mixer (as Damien Bera)
Guillaume Le Bras .... sound
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronisation
Gréggory Poncelet .... sound recordist
Guillaume Sciama .... sound
Jean-Noël Yven .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Julien Hery .... digital compositor
Jean-Gabriel Saint-Paul .... visual effects coordinator
Cedric Proust .... stunt coordinator
Florian Robin .... stunt double: Gael García Bernal
Othman Ilyassa .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Ballant .... grip
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Pierre Emily .... grip
Etienne George .... still photographer
Cyril Leguennec .... key grip
Loïc Lepechon .... generator operator
Miriam Matejovsky .... video playback operator
Marie-Mélanie Méry .... second assistant camera
Bertrand Salliou .... grip
Kathy Sebbah .... assistant camera
Thierry Trelluyer .... camera operator: second camera
Valerio Villalba .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Marie-Pierre Frappier .... assistant editor
Marjolaine Mispelaere .... colorist
Yann Thauvin .... negative cutter
Music Department
Jean-Philippe Audin .... musician: cello solo
Jean-Michel Bernard .... conductor
Jean-Michel Bernard .... music arranger
Catherine Cantin .... musician: flute
Khalil Chahine .... musician: guitar
Marc Chantereau .... musician: cymbal
Michel Gondry .... musician: drums
Christophe Guiot .... musician: violin solo
Philippe Hervouet .... musician: guitar
Basile Leroux .... musician: guitar
Bruno Martinez .... musician: clarinet solo
Bruno Mercere .... music recordist
Other crew
Raffi Adlan .... assistant: Michel Gondry
Stéphanie Bermann .... assistant: Gael Garcia Bernal
Amélie Couvelaire .... assistant: Georges Bermann
Tatum Drouilhat .... assistant: Michel Gondry
Carole Fevre .... script supervisor
Katya Mokolo .... production assistant
Monique Pautas .... financial controller
Karl Sigwald .... production assistant
Géraldine Stivet .... location manager
Chrystel Tissot .... production coordinator
Cameron Watson .... dialogue coach: English
Robert Buckler .... script consultant (uncredited)
Rhys Ifans .... thanks: for the title "The Science of Sleep"

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La science des rêves" - France (original title)
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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (US prints)

Did You Know?

There are several references in this movie to Michel Gondry's various music videos. Carrying the piano up the stairs is a reference to his video for the artist Lucas's song "Lucas With the Lid Off" which features a very similar sequence. The dolls that Gael García Bernal pulls out of the desk during one of the Stephane TV sequences are from his video for Oui Oui's song "Les Cailloux". The White Stripes song in the soundtrack is a reference to the many videos Gondry has done for them. The giant hands in an early dream sequence are from the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" video. Stéphane's bed and porch are similar to those from Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be" video.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 day... mixed with some memories from the past.
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Spoofs Brazil (1985)See more »
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44 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
A cardboard and cellophane dream world, 11 January 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP (Michael Gondry - France/Italy 2006).

There's something magical about this wonderfully sweet romantic fantasy by Michael Gondry. A love story, emotionally rich with dazzling dream-like visuals, done the old-fashioned way with simple stop-motion animation techniques. We see Stéphane flying above his cardboard imagination of Paris and later, we see him sitting in the bathtub full of silver cellophane. It's Gondry's first film as writer-director after a two-feature partnership with Philip Kaufman. Not surprisingly, it feels a bit Kaufmanesque, as Gondry's previous "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", but now dreams have replaced memory.

Stéphane can hardly make the distinction between his own dreamworld and the outside reality and doesn't know a whole lot about love. For no apparent reason he lies to Stéphanie that he lives next door to her, which results in some comic situations. He also wants to be an inventor and so he gives her his 3-D glasses, 'but the world is already in 3-D', she replies. He is a man-child, unable to adjust himself to the everyday realities of the outside world.

Ultimately the relationship between Stéphane and Stéphanie ends in a kind of stalemate, and so does the film itself. How do you end a film? With most films I can't wait till it's over, but here it seemed like the last twenty minutes got lost in the editing room. A very abrupt ending. The film might have a bit of an unsatisfying resolution, but Gondry creates magic here. It's the dreamworld that makes this rise above the level of just another romantic comedy, and it's funny, very funny. The breathtaking stop-motion animation is a feast for the eye and the sets and creations are wonderful to look at. The film had me in a permanent smile.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10

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