What is it?
The French 2006 surrealistic science fantasy comedy romance(?) film The Science Of Sleep (La Science Des Rêves) that was directed by the director Michel Gondry and stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, and Alain Chabat.
What is it about?
This is how the Rotten Tomatoes describes this film:
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 Garca 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Their blossoming romance finally awakens the sleeping confidence that the withdrawn Stéphane was previously capable of displaying only in his dreams, but Stéphane and Stéphanie find their relationship challenged when lingering insecurities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.
~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This movie is mostly in English with some French and a bit of Spanish, which is interesting and cool in my opinion, and so you get to hear and see several languages used during the film.
I saw this movie years ago and I liked it the first time that I saw it, I did not like it as much the second time that I watched it but I still liked it, and I liked it even less the third time when I watched some of it with my brother GC (who probably was not liking it because he probably thought that it was boring) but I still think that it is a creative and nice movie that also involves some things about sleep and dreams among other things.
This movie might somewhat remind you of another film by this director called Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, which I also liked (possibly more than this film), but like this film I did not like that film as much on the second and then third viewing but I still think that both films were creative and nice films that deserve to be watched.
This is one of those movies where there are several scenes that will probably stand out to you and you will want to rewatch them sometimes, and you will probably remember those scenes years later whenever you think about this film because there are not that many movies where dreams and sleep have a somewhat larger role in the plot.
This film even has its own song called If You Rescue Me that is used during the film that some of the actors and actresses got to sing in I think but I could be wrong:
Here is a review of this film: