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Lovely and diffuse, Sleep isn't as immediately absorbing as Gondry's previous work, but its messy beauty is its own reward. Read critic reviews

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Soon after the death of his father, a distraught young man (Gael García Bernal) begins a job as a graphic designer, but has little chance to create. His intense dreams begin to overtake his waking life and he becomes increasingly caught up in flights of fancy. His hyperactive imagination then begins to interfere with his courtship of a pretty neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg).

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Gael García Bernal
Stéphane Miroux
Miou-Miou
Christine Miroux
Pierre Vaneck
Monsieur Pouchet
Stéphane Metzger
Sylvain
Inigo Lezzi
Mr. Persinnet
Frederic Junqua
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Jean-Louis Bompoint
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Ann Chakraverty
Production Design
Pierre Pell
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  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Science of Sleep is a refreshing view for dreamers and the young. A creative genius (and kindred spirit to the makers of all those trippy 80s music videos) with a sense of humor makes this an enjoyable film (especially for those who see art everywhere, all as material for dreams). Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this is bittersweet, though much more on the sweet side. Recommended to those with zest for life (or who have had it but need some rejuvenation).
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2012
    The perfect combination of creativity, surrealism, and quirky lapses in the language barrier.
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  • Jan 06, 2012
    Make no mistake: Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" is visually delightful. The extravagant stop-motion animation is thrilling, and various items (horses and cars, for instance) are inventively doctored to resemble giant children's toys. Even the water in the kitchen sink becomes something magical. Anyone who loved "Pee Wee's Playhouse" should not miss this film. But even Michael Bay needs a story to go with his special effects. This is where "The Science of Sleep" fails. Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) wants to be a painter. He moves into his mother's apartment building and takes a crummy job at a small calendar-printing company. He also becomes infatuated with, literally, the girl next door (Charlotte Gainsbourg, igniting crushes all over the world). Most importantly, he has vivid fantasies that border on psychosis -- hence, a narrative excuse for all the hallucinatory imagery. That's about all you need to know. Really. Beyond the weak premise, the film's biggest flaw is that clammy, crazy-eyed Bernal just isn't an appealing lead. We don't care if he snags Gainsbourg or not -- in fact, someone of her charms obviously could do far better. Another actor might have made Stephane's delirious childishness endearing, but not Bernal. (Gondry's casting choices may have been limited, because the part has a tricky requirement of speaking English, Spanish and French.) Now, if you happen to crave hearing the Velvet Underground's "After Hours" sung by three guys in furry cat costumes, ignore the above complaints and run to your Netflix queue. Still, you probably would be happier with "Amelie" or even "Benny & Joon."
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2011
    I really liked this movie! It's smart, funny, unique, creative, different....it's definitely one of the most unique films I have seen in a while. I loved the dream vs. reality concept and the different visuals that went along with that. The animation/puppet-esque sequences were extremely clever. It's one of my favorite things about the film. Gael Garcia Bernal gives a very good performance. He's very funny, but still serious and affective at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed his character. I also loved Charlotte Gainsbourg's character. She also gives a good performance and the two main actors have great chemistry together. This is a great film that I think everything should see. It's just a good, unique comedy. It's hard to follow at times, but it's very enjoyable and entertaining.
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