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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Stéphane Miroux
... Stéphanie
... Guy
... Christine Miroux
Pierre Vaneck ... Monsieur Pouchet
... Zoé
Aurélia Petit ... Martine
... Serge
Stéphane Metzger ... Sylvain
Alain de Moyencourt ... Gérard (as Decourt Moyen)
Inigo Lezzi ... Monsieur Persinnet
Yvette Petit ... Ivana
... Piano-playing Policeman
Eric Mariotto ... Policeman
Bertrand Delpierre ... Présentateur JT
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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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29 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€130,814 (Italy), 21 January 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,925, 24 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,663,809, 17 December 2006
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Michel Gondry didn't use any chroma keys in this film (excepts the one you see explicitly in Stephane TV), but he screened the FX sequence (already done before the shooting with step-by-step method) behind the actors, so that they could see it and not imagine it, which gives them a different way of playing their parts. See more »

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[first lines]
Stephane: ¡Un, dos, tres, cuatro!
[Stéphane plays the drums, then the piano, then moves the cameras. "Stéphane TV"]
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Rescue Me
(adaptation from "After Hours")
Written by Lou Reed
Adaptation by Jean-Michel Bernard
(c) Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd / Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc.
Additional lyrics by Linda Serbu (as Miss Linda Colleen Serbu)
By permission of EMI Music Publishing France SA
All rights reserved
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The Weirdness of Reality

Or, The Science of Sleep. A film that rates -very- high on the weirdness scale as it tells the story of a man that has trouble keeping reality and dreamworld apart. It starts when he moves back to France to live with his mother after his father passes away. The rest of his story is a fairly normal one, just the way it is played out is rather odd.

This film had me watching it open mouthed for most of the time. From the very start of it to the very end. In fact, I might have had my mouth open from the moment it started - I didn't realize it until about halfway through. The astonishment and pleasure on my end started with the very first shots - the way things got depicted and worked out. A film that is as much a film as a true piece of art.

I can do nothing other than rating this one very highly. It is like a dream but also like reality and it explains its title and theme very clearly. Acting is good enough and the music choice is very fitting. All in all, very worthwhile material.

9 out of 10 fuzzy dreams


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