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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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Director:
Writer:
Michel Gondry (written by)
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Release Date:
29 September 2006 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Close your eyes. Open your heart. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An inventive joy with a wicked undertone See more (218 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity
Runtime:
105 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (US prints)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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35 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
An inventive joy with a wicked undertone, 4 February 2007
Author: D A from SoFla, UsA

Michel Gondry, the visually creative giant behind some of MTV's most stylistically innovative music videos, and more recently the driving force behind his and script writer extraordinare Charlie Kaufman's brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, finally makes his solitary debut, choosing to write and direct this surrealist tale of dreams, reality, and the lines some people walk between them. Fans of the visual virtuoso must have been anticipating Gondry's official declaration as auteur for some time, having salivated for a decade now as this French director continually pushed the envelope for lucky musicians.

I'm sure many saw The Science of Sleep as a proving ground that would help fans see if the eccentric director would be able to parlay all of these visually creative aspects into a more cohesive, cinematic experience. By and large, the dangerously imaginative movie succeeds on it's own, though there are a few discrepancies to note. First, it does feel that much of the way the movie is shot, in particular the scenes which stay most grounded in reality, do mimic a lot of the production values that gave Eternal Sunshine such a realistically detached value to it. Ditto with much of the stream-of-consciousness script, at times heavily emulating the flow Gondry and Kaufman helped pioneer the first time around. The actual plot is decidedly low-key, and for good reason, though at times Gondry does struggle to fill all of his microcosms with relevance. To say these values remain derivative and do not completely complement the whimsically dark storytelling taking place here though, would be to forsake the fantastic and singular joy that the Science of Sleep is.

Regardless of it's constant French avant-garde noodling, and despite the obvious parallels to Gondry's previous film, Science remains a near-masterwork, punctuated by the intoxicating rhythm of it's perceptive dream sequences, often edited with the most keen of intentions. Whether viewers will stay immersed throughout the fantasy bleed-in will be up to ones subjective threshold, and ones ability to thrive off of the magically deranged pacing that hints at underlying psychological relevance. Gondry's masterful pacing does not disappoint, culminating with the brilliant evolution of the script's supremely playful tone into something much more serious.

Of course, the sincere material would only be at home when recited by actors of a pure heart, and in this Gondry also excels by casting two leads who do everything they can to involve us in the realist fantasy. Gael García Bernal, always doing well to pick good material, finally slips into an English language role with the ease I would expect, and the luminous yet subdued Charlotte Gainsbourg radiates the earthly kind of magic that this film is all about. People with strict objective agendas stay clear, anyone else who still uses an inkling of their imagination, please dive in. It may not be perfect, but Science is surely one of the most unique and perceptive fantasies to merge with the mass consciousness in years.

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