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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.

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writer:

Michel Gondry
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gael García Bernal ... Stéphane Miroux
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Stéphanie
Alain Chabat ... Guy
Miou-Miou ... Christine Miroux
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Monsieur Pouchet
Emma de Caunes ... Zoé
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Martine
Sacha Bourdo ... Serge
Stéphane Metzger Stéphane Metzger ... Sylvain
Alain de Moyencourt Alain de Moyencourt ... Gérard (as Decourt Moyen)
Inigo Lezzi Inigo Lezzi ... Monsieur Persinnet
Yvette Petit Yvette Petit ... Ivana
Jean-Michel Bernard ... Piano-playing Policeman
Eric Mariotto Eric Mariotto ... Policeman
Bertrand Delpierre Bertrand Delpierre ... Présentateur JT
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Storyline

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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Stephane is inventive. Stephanie is creative. To get the girl next door will take all his imagination. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Science of Sleep See more »

Filming Locations:

Chérence, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Box Office

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (US prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Smiths single 'How Soon Is Now?' and The Cure's album 'Three Imaginary Boys' can be seen on the wall above the head of Stephane's bed. 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 ...
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Alternate Versions

The French DVD edition present a alternate version of the film made of B-roll footage. See more »

Connections

Edited into La science des rêves - Film B (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ulcer Soul
Written by Richie James Eaton
Performed by The Willowz
(c) 2005 Richie James Eaton Music BMI, Alex Nowicki Music BMI, Jessica Reynoza Music BMI,
Dan Bush Music BMI
(p) 2005 Richie James Eaton
Taken from the album "Talkincircles" issued by Sympathy for the Record Industry (2005)
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The Weirdness of Reality
6 January 2007 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

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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