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  The Science Of Sleep cinematronic
  director

Michel Gondry

cast

Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, Pierre Vaneck, Emma de Caunes, Aurélia Petit, Sacha Bourdo, Stéphane Metzger

year

2006

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  By directing the inventive, surprisingly tender, sci-fi-tinged romantic comedy "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," filmmaker Michel Gondry banked a vault full of good will. So one is inclined to forgive the clutter and slapdash tone of the surreal rom-com-dram "The Science of Sleep," his first stab at directing a movie he wrote. Much of what made "Eternal Sunshine" memorable was the intricate, way-out-of-the-box script by Charlie Kaufman. Gondry's screenplay for "The Science of Sleep" isn't in that league, although it's certainly ambitious. Latin American heartthrob Gael García Bernal portrays childlike Stéphane, a would-be artist who travels to Paris to spend time with his mother after his father dies in Mexico. He moves into Mom's apartment, next door to winsome career girl Stéphanie (Franco-British gamine Charlotte Gainsbourg). Stuck in a dead-end job at a calendar company and fixated on diffident Stéphanie, Stéphane retreats into a fantasy life. His dreams feature him hosting a metaphysical talk show from a crude cardboard-and-tinfoil TV studio — and winning the girl. For Stéphane, waking up is the problem. Some comic moments fall flat, the drama can seem half-baked, the chemistry between the leads is wonky, and the deliberately amateurish milieu of the fantasy sequences gets tiresome. But Gondry should be commended for refusing to take the conventional route. After all of the humdrum narratives that pass for feature films, this "Sleep" is refreshing.
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