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The Science of Sleep (2006)

La science des rêves (original title)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writer:

Michel Gondry
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gael García Bernal ... Stéphane Miroux
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Stéphanie
Alain Chabat ... Guy
Miou-Miou ... Christine Miroux
Pierre Vaneck Pierre Vaneck ... Monsieur Pouchet
Emma de Caunes ... Zoé
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Martine
Sacha Bourdo ... Serge
Stéphane Metzger Stéphane Metzger ... Sylvain
Alain de Moyencourt Alain de Moyencourt ... Gérard (as Decourt Moyen)
Inigo Lezzi Inigo Lezzi ... Monsieur Persinnet
Yvette Petit Yvette Petit ... Ivana
Jean-Michel Bernard ... Piano-playing Policeman
Eric Mariotto Eric Mariotto ... Policeman
Bertrand Delpierre Bertrand Delpierre ... Présentateur JT
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Storyline

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stéphane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stéphanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Stephane is inventive. Stephanie is creative. To get the girl next door will take all his imagination. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Science of Sleep See more »

Filming Locations:

Chérence, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,925, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$4,670,644

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,014,015
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (US prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of Australian rock/metal band "Hands Like Houses" was chosen from a pivotal scene in this movie which was based on a recurring nightmare the director had as a child. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephane: ¡Un, dos, tres, cuatro!
[Stéphane plays the drums, then the piano, then moves the cameras. "Stéphane TV"]
Stephane: Hi, and welcome back to another episode of "Télévision Educative". Tonight, I'll show you how dreams are prepared. People think it's a very simple and easy process but it's a bit more complicated than that. As you can see, a very delicate combination of complex ingredients is the key. First, we put in some random thoughts. And then, we add a little bit of reminiscences of the ...
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Alternate Versions

The French DVD edition present a alternate version of the film made of B-roll footage. See more »


Soundtracks

Coutances
Written by Dick Annegarn
Performed by Dick Annegarn
(c) 1975 Editions Marouani
By kind permission from Warner Chappell Music France
(p) 1975 Polydor France
By kind permission from Universal Music Projets Spécieux
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Don't let that vote fool you
20 May 2006 | by filman79See all my reviews

This is a perfect example of a love-it-or-hate-it movie simply because its very nature means it's somewhat plot less -- we're constantly unsure if what we're seeing on the screen is really real or just in Gael Garcia Bernal's dreams, and some moviegoers abhor uncertainty, hence I think the large number of "1" votes for this flick. (Also, the film is ostensibly foreign, but moves from French to English with equal measure, with a little bit of Spanish tossed in, too. So maybe the shifts in language also irked some people, but I found it enchanting.) So don't let those low votes fool you; this is a beautiful, sublime film, and if you let yourself go onto its wavelength, you'll most likely find yourself *enjoying* the (perhaps unsolvable) visual puzzle Michel Gondry has created here. It is the quintessence of magical realism, and yet everything comes across as absolutely effortless, unlike the forced whimsy of, say, last year's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the too-clever-by-half Adaptation. I dare say it's probably one of the best films of the year.


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