08 March 2007

The Science of Sleep

"Because everyone else is boring. And because you are different."

If Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind exposed your limits for the unconventional, then you probably won’t be able to make it through The Science of Sleep. However, if you loved the former, you’ll immediately fall in love with Michel Gondry's creatively romantic film which celebrates those unfortunate souls who tend to confuse their real lives with the ones that inhabit their dreams and fantasies.

Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg are perfectly heart-wrenching as Stéphane and Stéphanie - two shy and temperamental neighbors who are seemingly well suited to one another but somewhat unable to connect in real life. Alain Chabat is a hysterically stereotypical middle-aged co-worker of Stéphane's who has sex on the brain non-stop.

The super low-fi animation is what makes this film extra special - and the occasional costume sequences are fantastic. The scene where Bernal and Chabat are dressed as cats singing "If you Rescue Me" is so delicious that I immediately purchased the song on iTunes.

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