The Science of Sleep, a playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal) an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. Stephane pines for next-door neighbor, Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), but she becomes confused by his childishness and shaky connection to reality. Unable to find the secret to Stephanie’s heart while awake, Stephane searches for the answer in his dreams.
“The Science of Sleep” is one of the most visually entertaining movies we’ve seen in quite some time. The film is just as intriguing and beautifully composed as Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Everyone has had the experience of having a vivid dream, even some to such a degree that it is hard to draw the line between reality and fantasy. Who better to tackle such a topic than Michel Gondry.
The adorable characters in this film have you falling in love with them instantly as you try to decipher reality from the dream world in a movie that leaves nothing to the imagination. We meet Stephane, a shy and isolated young man who has been convinced to return to his childhood home in order to find work. Once there, he realizes that the job isn’t exactly what he had hoped for. Meanwhile, his imagination is running wild, and we discover that he has a very usual and unique ability… he can control his dreams.
Stephane meets Stephanie, his new neighbor, and almost instantly gets off to the wrong foot. While initially falling for her friend, this soon changes as Stephane soon finds himself falling for Stephanie. However, not everything is dreamy in this romantic mixture. As the couple’s uncertain relationship continues to evolve, they both come to the realization that not everything can be controlled. Stephane tries throughout the film to conquer and truly understand the science of sleep. However, he realizes that this is beyond his abilities.
“The Science of Sleep” is a different type of movie. It’s about escaping reality and exploring the maze of one’s mind. The overall meaning of the film is truly ambiguous, leaving every viewer to take something different away.
Review by Emma Loggins