The Science of Sleep (2006)
Critic Consensus: Lovely and diffuse, Sleep isn't as immediately absorbing as Gondry's previous work, but its messy beauty is its own reward.
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Critic Reviews for The Science of Sleep
In the moment, Gondry and Bernal almost manage to give quirky a good name.
The movie plays like an exhausted hallucination, disjointed and frustrating, much of it owing to the lack of chemistry Gondry allows between his stars.
In the end, after your time with it, you'll recall it with a smile, remembering its childish wonderment and mischievous sense of humor.
It's all very cosmopolitan (the dialogue is English, French and Spanish), very independent, a wee bit juvenile and very confusing, of course. But The Science of Sleep is also remarkably magical and desperately romantic beneath it all.
The whimsy Gondry whips up soon goes wispy as we wait in vain for all this sweet-natured silliness to reveal a meaning that isn't transparently obvious.
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Romantic and hysterical! Very clever dream world of sock animals and cellophane seas. Gael García Bernal is awkwardly naive, and Charlotte Gainsbourg is understatedly worldly. Their clashing romance blossoms into the bittersweet, but I would have appreciated a bit more resolution on Stephane's misanthropic defense mechanism at the end.
Gondry has a thing for visual inventiveness but his self-indulgent, driftless narrative has dream sequences that don't feel dreamlike at all and only grows irritating as Bernal's character starts to resemble a wimpy Walter Mitty exchanging that horrible dialogue with Gainsbourg.
What starts out maybe a tad too weird and quirky in the first few minutes soon creates its own odd little charming story of a man who loves to dream but sometimes can't tell it from reality. The movie feels very European, French even, and has director Michel Gondry's trademark effects that are simply fun and unique in their own way. That makes for a really entertaining and lovable little film with a very special sense of humor, which is certainly a bit too unusual for the general audience.
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|Stephane Miroux:||The brain is the most complex thing in the universe and it's right behind the nose.|
|Stephanie:||Randomness is very difficult to achieve. Organization always merges back if you don't pay attention.|
|Stephane Miroux:||Would you marry me when we are seventy? You have nothing to lose.|
|Stephane Miroux:||This girl is at once all the women that broke my heart. She is so beautiful and generous and she is asking me to leave because she is dumping me. She is dumping me because I am a cheap drug dealer. And I am a drug dealer because she wants to leave me.|
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