Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.
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
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¡Un, dos, tres, cuatro!
[Stéphane plays the drums, then the piano, then moves the cameras. "Stéphane TV"]
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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The French DVD edition present a alternate version of the film made of B-roll footage. See more »
The plot summary says that the lead character is "held captive by people in his dreams." That's not so. Stephane just can't tell the difference between his dreams and reality. He is attracted to a girl and wants to move toward a relationship, but is hampered by this problem.
This film is not at all like "Waking Life" or "Eternal Sunshine." It's like Gondry's music videos, playful and eye-popping. There's no dark conflict, as implied by "held captive." I enjoyed it a lot, though because of the essential nature of the plot, it's a bit hard to follow, which diffused the impact of the story.
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