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The Science of Sleep (2006)

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4/10: The Science of Sleek Sometimes...
Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Science of Sleek Sometimes I wish that film could be whisked back to the days of growing and learning and experimenting, such as it was during the 60s and, for the most part, 70s. I want to see real directing, not this stereotypical a-little-bit-for-everyone stuff that most filmmakers excel at these days. I want uniqueness, I want to see chances taken, I want risks. And the only thing worse than not being the opposite of that is to mock it, to play with it a little bit and throw it back into the heap consisting of every other misbegotten tactic of cinema.Sometimes I hope and yearn that film could go back to the way it used to be, but seeing A Science of Sleep I realize now that that hope can permutate into the dream it really is and die along with all my other fantasies. This is a story about love, is it...

10/10: Pure genius from the director...
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Pure genius from the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The Science of Sleep is most likely the best and most visionary film playing at Sundance this year (I say most likely because I've only seen two, but I doubt that anything can top it). Furthermore, I believe that The Science of Sleep is one of the best and most visionary films I've ever seen.The Science of Sleep is about Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal), a creative and naïve dreamer who moves from Mexico to his childhood home in Paris after his father's death. He takes a job at a calendar company, assuming that it will allow him to express himself creatively. Living across from Stephane is Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an equally creative woman. They form a relationship and as it grows, it becomes threatened by Stephane's overactive dream world, which begins creeping into his waking life.The Science of Sleep marks the screen...

7/10: An inventive joy with a...
Sunday, February 4, 2007

An inventive joy with a wicked undertone Michel Gondry, the visually creative giant behind some of MTV's most stylistically innovative music videos, and more recently the driving force behind his and script writer extraordinare Charlie Kaufman's brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, finally makes his solitary debut, choosing to write and direct this surrealist tale of dreams, reality, and the lines some people walk between them. Fans of the visual virtuoso must have been anticipating Gondry's official declaration as auteur for some time, having salivated for a decade now as this French director continually pushed the envelope for lucky musicians.I'm sure many saw The Science of Sleep as a proving ground that would help fans see if the eccentric director would be able to parlay all of these visually creative aspects into a more cohesive, cinematic experience. By and large, the dangerously imaginative movie succeeds on it's own, though there are a few...

9/10: A Magical Bon-Bon from...
Sunday, February 11, 2007

A Magical Bon-Bon from Michel Gondry 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...

9/10: Remarkable achievement Gondry's latest...
Sunday, February 18, 2007

Remarkable achievement Gondry's latest quirk is in many ways a furthering of themes he touched in Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, a film i enjoyed immensely. As in 'sunshine' the movies narrative follows a male perspective in a love-story, but the difference is that where the latter traced the break-up of a couple in "real life" and "dreaming", 'science' follows the clumsy courtship of Bernal's character. I found the premise of the character intriguing. He suffers from a sleep disorder that makes it difficult for him to separate dream from reality. Thus, when we follow his perspective, Gondry has to make the flow of the movie natural as he jumps from dream to reality. This is achieved with many of the same techniques he used in "sunshine". Break-ups in logic dialog, established characters showing up in places they don't belong, as well as using dreamlike settings as a contrast to the normal "real...

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