Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Science of Sleep (2006)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable French movie. Young Mexican inventor Stephane (Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal) has gone to France to visit his mother after the death of his father. He stays in an apartment and befriends two young women that live across the hall. He has a vivid imagination and is constantly confusing reality with fantasy. He becomes fond of his neighbor Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) because she is spontaneous and uses her hands to make crafts. He struggles to confess his feelings to her and resorts to playing out his desires in his dreams.

The film uses stop-motion animation during the dream sequences. The scene with large hands was based on a nightmare the director had as a child. The song "Instinct Blues" by The White Stripes is played in the film. This is the director's second film about dreaming after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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