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The Science of Sleep

Michel Gondry, known for his music videos and his collaborations with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (directing Human Nature and cowriting and directing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), debuts as a full-fledged writer-director with this charming 2006 comedy. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as an obsessive young Mexican illustrator trying to settle down in Paris with his French mother (Miou-Miou) and reach some kind of emotional equilibrium with an equally obsessive neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The story is as much about imagination and innocence as the hero's unstable life and career, so there are many flights of fancy, some concerning an imaginary TV talk show on which he's both host and guest. Gondry is a soft surrealist without much of a sociopolitical agenda, closer to Dr. Seuss than Luis Buñuel; the closest movie antecedent for this romantic fantasy may be Richard Lester's The Knack, and How to Get It (1965). In English and subtitled French and Spanish.

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Director:

  • Michel Gondry

Cast:

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

Writer:

  • Michel Gondry

Producers:

  • Georges Bermann
  • Michel Gondry
  • Frederic Junqua

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