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The Science Of Sleep [DVD] [2006]

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Product Features

  • Audio commentary by writer/director Michel Gondry
  • The Making of The Science of Sleep
  • Featurette on Lauri Faggioni, Creator of Animals and Accessories
  • Music video - "Rescue Me" by Linda Serbu

Product details

  • Actors: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou
  • Directors: Michel Gondry
  • Writers: Michel Gondry
  • Producers: Georges Bermann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMGS22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Drama starring Gael García Bernal. Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stéphane Miroux (Bernal), a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine (Miou-Miou). He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbour Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainbourg). But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is to escape into a dream world.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.


The Science of Sleep concerns the flirtations and misunderstandings of Stéphane (played by Gael García Bernal), an aspiring visual artist, and Stéphanie (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg), his Parisian neighbour who creates whimsical sculptures from cotton balls and felt. As Stéphane toils in a caustic office for a company that makes calendars, he retreats into his dreams and finds them increasingly hard to distinguish from reality, and vice-versa.

The French magician and director Georges Méliès was arguably the first master of special effects, filling the silent movie houses of the early 20th century with camera trickery that stunned and delighted audiences. A century later, Michel Gondry works very much in the spirit of his artistic predecessor and countryman, creating films and music videos that feel just as hand-crafted and visually fantastical. The Science of Sleep is a trilingual film, with dialogue spoken in French, English, and Spanish by characters who are very much global citizens, crossing boundaries of consciousness as easily as they cross boundaries of culture. Gondry decorates his love story with deliberately low-tech special effects, including cellophane made to look like bath water and a subconscious television studio constructed largely of corrugated cardboard. This is filmmaking with all the seams and stitches exposed, an appreciation for the patent falseness of films that nonetheless transport and enchant us. It's dreamy. --Ryan Boudinot

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cooper on 25 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
I must begin with saying that Michel Gondry's latest effort, The Science Of Sleep, will not appeal to everyone, and I've certainly found that it can be a case of you either love it or hate it. But what I would say is it is a film worth taking a chance on. If you do you will find a film striving to provide something that little bit more individual that results in one of the most rewarding and funny films of the past few years. The visuals demonstrated in the dreams of Stéphane are some of the most creative, expressive and often beautiful put to film. But it is nothing without the movie itself. The chemistry between Gael García Bernal's Stéphane and Charlotte Gainsbourg's Stéphanie is great throughout, displaying love, or possible love in all its awkward, embarassing glory. Even with the mixing of different languages the dialogue is wonderful and often leaves you in stiches. If you ignore the bad joke, in The Science Of Sleep you really may find a film worth dreaming about.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steps on 5 Jan 2007
Romantic comedies by definition are supposed to be `feel good'. Girl loses boy, girl wins boy back by some improbable twist of fate or unlikely coincidence that only happens in the movies and audiences share and dwell vicariously in the whole `feel goodness' of it all. As a `romantic comedy' Michel Gondry's latest really is a bit odd. The `comedy' box has been firmly ticked and so has the box labelled `bittersweet love story', but by definition of romantic comedies The Science Of Sleep most certainly is not. If you've seen any of Gondry's music video (The White Stripes) output over recent years or checked out the strange but engaging `Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind', then you may perhaps have a slight advantage over the person next to you, who, well, erm... hasn't seen them.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, as a movie directed by a Gallic film-maker, the comedy of Science is very very French (albeit French humour able to laugh heartily at fart jokes), has a casual indifference to sex and is more than a little warped. The ever versatile Gael Garcia Bernal is Stephane, a shy and awkward graphic artist, who comes to stay with his mother and work as a Calendar Designer following the death of his father. For reasons not best explained Stephane is prone to nodding off unannounced and whilst dreaming, regularly broadcasts television shows (perhaps the stuff of his subconscious). The dream like architecture melds felt, cardboard, cellophane and a hefty portion of surrealism together into a world that eventually becomes hard to distinguish from his waking life. To make matters worse he's fallen in love with his creative and equally kooky neighbour Stephanie (a scruffy yet sultry Charlotte Gainsborough).
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 23 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
This is a very European production. "The Science of Sleep" permeates with the viewer even more than "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind" did after its first viewing because its more impulsive and creative. Michel Gondry, now having three full-feature films under his belt, does penetrate the very core of our dreams, and somehow makes us believe that we can too.

In the beginning of this film we can clearly see that Stephane, played by the charming Gael Garcia Bernal, has problems distinguishing dreams from reality. Stephane at first, lived in Mexico with his father, then moves to Paris with his mother after his father death. Taking up a boring and unsatisfying job, he often flees to an imaginary world. He falls in love with his new neighbor Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourgh). She herself is some sort of a dreamer, though more grounded in reality than Stephane. Though smitten by his fantastic world and creativity helps kick off their relationship. Now as the movie progresses Gondry blurs this concrete line and it becomes difficult for us to see the difference. This is a key part of the film, and seems to keep the impulse to a minimum while keeping us more in tune with Stephanes fantasies. Like everyone Stephane does, in his dreams, what he wants to do in reality, but can never muster the nerve to.

What's astonishing about this film is the sheer surreal childlike quality that Gondry is able to keep throughout the film. It's like an 8 year old was allowed to let his imagination go loose. Seldom have we seen such an inventive world on screen. The acting is naturally impressive. Gael Garcia Bernal is the perfect choice for Stephane.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By jrhartley on 15 May 2007
Format: DVD
I'm an unashamed Gondry fan - I'd go as far as to call him a genius - I think his music videos are superb and I thought Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was pretty decent. Gondry has the kind of surreal creativity that is so often lacking from cinema - he has a knack of translating ideas into powerful visual imagery, and this is certainly the case with The Science of Sleep. Gael Garcia Bernal's character - Stephane, returns to Paris on the wishes of his mother to work as an illustrator. The story follows his life in an apartment block living opposite Stephanie - played by the ever-gorgeous and multi-talented Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Like Richard Linklater's "Waking Life" did before, and as the title suggests, this film essentially seeks to represent in celluloid those moments of intense REM sleep / vivid dreams that you get which leave you wondering "did that happen - or did i dream it". the inter-weaving of the dream world and the real world creates confusion and interferes with their friendship in the real world - or is it the dream world? The reason this film works so well is how subtlely Gondry blurs the waking world and the world of your dreams. Combined with fantastic props and lavish sets, like all good films, this works on a number of levels, making it accessible even if you just want to follow the most obvious plot line. I personally preferred this film to Waking Life, partly because I think the fusion of models, crazy sets and real life actors is a more representative approach of how muddled dreams get - whereas Linklater adopted a more uniform style of presentation through film converted into animation. I would whole-heartedly recommend this film - whether you are after a fun watch on a Saturday night, a gratuitous set-designer's visual feast of props, animation and backdrops, or something deeper, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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