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The Science of Sleep

HD   R Closed Captioning

Michel Gondry

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About the Movie

"The Science of Sleep," a playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal) an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. While slumbering, he is the charismatic host of "Stephane TV," expounding on "The Science of Sleep" in front of cardboard cameras. In "real life," he has a boring job at a Parisian calendar publisher and pines for Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the girl in the apartment across the hall. While Stephanie is initially charmed by Stephane, she is confused by his childishness and shaky connection to reality. Stephanes co-worker, Guy (Alain Chabat) a vulgar but practical man, offers advice on the opposite sex, but Stephane is too far in the clouds to listen. Unable to find the secret to Stephanies heart while awake, Stephane searches for the answer in his dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 160
  • Fresh: 113
  • Rotten: 47
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In the end, after your time with it, you'll recall it with a smile, remembering its childish wonderment and mischievous sense of humor. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: I loved Science, but in its final minutes I felt that I had a one-way ticket to a cul-de-sac. The scenery is something, though. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Gondry's creative breeze of a movie is fun while it lasts, and that's more than you can say about a whole lot of movies. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The movie plays like an exhausted hallucination, disjointed and frustrating, much of it owing to the lack of chemistry Gondry allows between his stars. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 2009

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Customer Reviews

On Par with Eternal Sunshine

Science of Sleep exceeded my expectations, Gael García Bernal is perfect as Stephane, a modern day Quixote. The dream sequences are absoultley beautiful, you find yourself wishing you could be in Stephanes head, in his magical dream world. I recommend this movie to anyone who has ever dared to dream, and who has ever chased the impossible.

Intriguing Fantasy. A

The excerpt and reviews will tell you the guts of this fantasy. You will either love it for its originality, insight, courageous expression and beauty, or you will hate it because it is foreign and bizarre and unstructured and unpredictable (and because it has some subtitles...). I very much enjoyed it. The various use of language and subtitles, the childlike combination of complexity and simplicity that accompanies dreaming, the reckless abandon of typical plot structures, the obvious hard work on special effects and set, all won over my heart. This is a movie for the impressionist or perhaps the surrealist--From which of these periods would your dreams come? Anyway... A pleasant surprise for the one who is prepared to enter its dream state; a vulgar eccentricity for those who expect their movie experience to fit into accepted genre or plot parameters.

This Movie Was Fantastic

This is a beautiful love story about a schizephrenic who finds true love with the girl next door. I highly recommend it. One of my all time favorties! But you need a certain appreciation for the strange to truly enjoy this movie.