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The Science of Sleep(La Science des rêves)

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France, Italy

2006

Rated R • 1h 45m

Director Michel Gondry

Starring Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat

Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

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80

Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

No one who sees it will confuse it with anything else. Fans of Gondry's DIY low-tech aesthetic, which he blends, as always, with exceptionally sophisticated animation techniques, will adore it.
50

New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The Science of Sleep transports you, but it strands you, too. Apart from the time-machine bit and two or three other daft exchanges, Gondry’s scenes tend to circle around the same drain: the hero’s insufferable narcissism.
75

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Fusing animation and live action with a series of outrageous props, Gondry veers dangerously close to being precious. But make no mistake: Gondry's hallucinatory brilliance holds you in thrall.
80

L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

For the soul of Gondry's work, it seems to me, is neither its soaring flights of visual fancy nor its sometimes crude slapstick, but rather its pained understanding of a generation hopelessly tongue-tied when it comes to matters of the heart.
70

Variety by Todd McCarthy

With Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal energetically playing a vulnerable graphic artist with a hyperactive imagination and little confidence with women, picture has an overriding quality of sweetness that will prove endearing to audiences, especially younger females.

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