Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Science of Sleep (2006)

Gaumont (France)
Directed by Michel Gondry
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Warner Bros.)

Stephan is lured back to Paris by his mother with the promise of a creative job, but instead ends up working as a mundane typesetter. He falls for a neighbor one day while helping her move in, but it is with the neighbor's friend that he develops a friendship and eventually romance. They are both highly creative types, and he is borderline emotionally disturbed, often confusing reality and dreams. The film is much the same way: a kind of kooky quirky romance that mixes Wes Anderson with stop motion animation and other artistic touches. It all seems a bit forced, but not unpleasant.

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