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The science of sleep - Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Michel Gondry

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Close your eyes. Open your heart.

The science of sleep, a playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stéphane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal) an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life.

While slumbering, he is the charismatic host of Stéphane 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 Stéphane, she is confused by his childishness and shaky connection to reality. Stéphane's co-worker, Guy (Alain Chabat) a vulgar but practical man, offers advice on the opposite sex, but Stéphane is too far in the clouds to listen. Unable to find the secret to Stephanies heart while awake, Stéphane searches for the answer in his dreams.

Written and directed by Michel Gondry, the boundlessly inventive creator of award-winning films (Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind), music videos and commercials. The science of sleep is a whimsical trip into a cut-and-paste wonderland fashioned from cardboard tubes, cellophane and imagination.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film fantasy romance sleep dream Paris France French TV show host art cardboard

Persons of interest

  • Gael García Bernal .... Stéphane Miroux
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg .... Stephanie
  • Alain Chabat .... Guy
  • Miou-Miou .... Christine Miroux
  • Pierre Vaneck .... Monsieur Pouchet
  • Emma de Caunes .... Zoé
  • Aurélia Petit .... Martine
  • Sacha Bourdo .... Serge
  • Stéphane Metzger .... Sylvain
  • Alain de Moyencourt .... Gérard
  • Inigo Lezzi .... Monsieur Persinnet
  • Jean-Michel Bernard .... Policier pianiste
  • Yvette Petit .... Ivana
  • Eric Mariotto .... Policier
  • Bertrand Delpierre .... Présentateur JT
  • Michel Gondry .... Screenwriter
  • Michel Gondry .... Director

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Theatrical report

The science of sleep is less about science and sleeping than it is about art and dreaming.

Stéphane is a man who has difficulty differentiating between the waking and dreaming states; Gael García Bernal slips effortlessly between the two (if there is a difference between them). You'll find it very frustrating to follow these changes but if you sit back and let everything wash over you then you'll drown in a fantasy of dramatic and romantic imagery. Try to watch with your right brain.

The fantasy, romance movie The science of sleep is directed by Michel Gondry and stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, French, Spanish
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Making of
    • Interviews: Cast
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Government security censorship classification

M (Moderate coarse language, moderate sexual references)

Surveillance time

106 minutes (1:46 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 May 2007
DVD rental: 12 September 2007
DVD retail: 12 September 2007

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