The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

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Inventive Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman into his life. Shy Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) has returned to his childhood hometown to accept a new job. When the prospective employment offer fails to live up to expectations, however, Stéphane is at least comforted by the close bond he has formed with his creative-thinking neighbor Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Their blossoming romance finally awakens the sleeping confidence that the withdrawn Stéphane was previously capable of displaying only in his dreams, but Stéphane and Stéphanie find their relationship challenged when lingering insecurities prompt the smitten visionary to confront an old dilemma that can't be solved by the Science of Sleep.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2015
UPC: 0888574296520
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 64,488

Special Features

cc Commentary by writer/director Michel Gondry and stars The making of The Science of Sleep Featurette on Lauri Faggioni, creator of Animals and Accessories Linda Serbu "Rescue Me" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gael García Bernal Stephane Miroux
Charlotte Gainsbourg Stephanie
Alain Chabat Guy
Miou-Miou Christine Miroux
Emma de Caunes Zoe
Sacha Bourdo Serge
Aurelia Petit Martine
Pierre Vaneck Monsieur Pouchet
Stephane Metzger Sylvain
Decourt Moyen Gerard

Technical Credits
Michel Gondry Director,Screenwriter
Georges Bermann Producer
Jean-Michel Bernard Score Composer
Jean-Louis Bompoint Cinematographer
Bertrand Delpierre Asst. Director
Florence Fontaine Costumes/Costume Designer
Dominique Gaborieau Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Gargonne Sound/Sound Designer
Nathalie Guillaume Casting
Frederic Junqua Co-producer
Julie Navarro Casting
Pierre Pell Production Designer
Stéphane Rozenbaum Production Designer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Studio Suzette Gondry Villemagne Animator
Juliette Welfling Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Science of Sleep
1. Dreamy Credits. [3:48]
2. Home. [4:14]
3. Disastrology. [4:58]
4. Hands-on Office Rebel. [4:50]
5. Runaway Piano. [2:29]
6. Stephanie And Zoe. [4:58]
7. Never The One I Like. [3:59]
8. Animated Brainstorming. [5:18]
9. Letter Riff. [3:54]
10. Nothing Is For Real. [4:40]
11. Card Connection. [3:17]
12. My Dear Neighbor. [2:30]
13. Approaching The Moon. [5:10]
14. No Boyfriend Wanted. [4:24]
15. Beautiful Objects. [2:06]
16. One-Second Time Machine. [1:50]
17. Pony Expressive. [3:39]
18. Sleepscape. [5:26]
19. Cheap Drug Dealer. [3:45]
20. Matters Into His Hands. [4:30]
21. Brain Loop. [4:25]
22. Stop Playing With Me. [4:27]
23. Not Leaving [3:31]
24. Riding Away Together. [6:58]
25. End Credits. [2:39]

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The Science of Sleep 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
aina_ More than 1 year ago
beautiful movie + special features though i do wish b&n had the dvd with the alternate version
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is nostalgia at it's best. Exactly how bizarre can a two hour movie get?? Whoever made this movie needs to tone it down on their creative side, because this movie was off the wall crazy. I loved it! It was "I heart Huckabees", but with good acting and a good plot. Dreams are weird, and showcased in this epic romance movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this director is getting a little too comfortable in his style, which shows in this movie, eternal sunshine used the broken-fall-thru to tell the story whereas this is all bravado. &quot oooh, look at my dreams, i like arts and crafts&quot which are kinda neat actually, like those old clay figurine cartoons... a few sweet moments but not much worth watching again, which would indicate how annoying it is overall, i mean, i watched The Mummy twice...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The French have a way with films that tinker with reality, fantasy, illusions, and delusions and the result of those traits have produced some of the most exciting and avant garde films ever made. Michel Gondry has inherited the mantle from Cocteau, Resnais, etc and runs with it in this charming little diversion of a film THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP. Gondry is primarily a visual artist and tells his stories in a visual manner, but that is not to say his stories are superficial or trivial: he has a preoccupation with the thin line between reality and non-reality, between dream and diurnal creativity, and it is this space that occupies his mind, his pen, his camera, and his mission in this little tale. Stéphane Miroux (the enormously gifted, dedicated and hunky Gael García Bernal) is a true 'artist', a young man whose father is Mexican and whose mother is French, and he has entered Paris to begin a job his mother Christine (Miou-Miou) assures him is creative: it actually is a boring, restricting graphic design outfit (though populated by some zany confrères including Guy played beautifully by Alain Chabat who allows to run with his idea of publishing a calendar whose months are pictured by world disasters!) that at first defeats Stéphane's artistic integrity. Stéphane dreams and in his dream life he is a TV host who can make the most impossible things happen. His work frustrations push him further into his dream world and he finds it more real than the mundane life of daytime. He lives across the hall from an equally delicate artistic mind named Stéphanie (the always fine and adroit Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is caught up in her own dream world of making little boats of paper and water of cellophane and clouds of cotton. The two begin a touch and run relationship that gradually develops into a mutual appreciation for each other's idiosyncrasies - in the best of all possible ways. Gondry peppers his script with make-believe constructions, testy conversations, and some very funny and naughty observations that he tosses off with aplomb. Gael García Bernal infuses this strange role with a facile use of three languages (English, French and Spanish) and with a tender sense of comic timing and sensual magnetism that makes him irresistible. He carries the fantasy on his capable shoulders allowing us to love his bizarrely complex character at every quirky turn. He is an actor who takes more risks than most and is destined to be one of our more important actors as he continues to gain attention. For those who need sharp margins of linearity and borders between reality and fantasy, this film may confuse and frustrate. But for viewers who love 'taking rides through dream fantasies on felt horses' this film is sure to please. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic. It made me confused about reality and my dream world. It is one of my favorite movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really let me down. The acting wasn't bad, but the plot and movie itself was pretty horrible. There wasn't anything captivating to keep your attention. The dream sequences had potential but they ended up being stupid after the third or fourth time. I even tried to watch it twice and couldn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't recommend this movie for someone looking for a good story or plot. It's fun to watch mainly for the visuals- also because Bernal is very nice eye candy. Yum.
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