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The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves)

2006 – France – 106 minutes

As part of the film series The Creative Mind of Michel Gondry, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents a screening of the film The Science of Sleep.

Perfectly encapsulating Michel Gondry’s wildly creative visual style, The Science of Sleep dips in and out of the vivid dreams of the protagonist: Stéphane Miroux. As Stéphane’s imagination interferes with his ability to interact with the material world, he develops a complex relationship with Stephanie, his neighbor and fellow artistic soul. Jealousy, despair, love, and confusion characterize the movie’s multi-layered plot and the relationships of its characters.

In The Science of Sleep, Gondry shows his childlike yet sophisticated cinematic style as the story revolves around infantile imagination and the world of adults. The distinction between fantasy and reality gradually disappears as the film progresses, intertwining the world of dreams with reality as Stéphane navigates his social and work life through a surreally imaginative lens.

In English with French subtitles.