Science of Sleep, The

Science of Sleep, The
Science of Sleep, The
  • R
  • 1h 45m
  • 2006
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Gael García Bernal stars as an insecure young artist desperately trying to take control of his dream life. Somewhere between dreams and reality, where the borders between nature, society and mind blur, lies The Science of Sleep. Life seems to be looking up for shy and withdrawn Stephane (García Bernal--La mala educación, Y tu mamá tambien) when he returns to his childhood home with the promise of a great job. The job does not work out as he'd hoped, but he strikes up a relationship with his neighbor, Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg--21 Grams). Now as his wildly creative, fanciful and sometimes disturbing dream life constantly intrudes in his waking world, the confidence he exudes in his dreams bleeds into his real life--until his insecurities force their way back and Stephane confronts a dilemma that even The Science of Sleep my not be able to resolve.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Lovely and diffuse, Sleep isn't as immediately absorbing as Gondry's previous work, but its messy beauty is its own reward.
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Dave Calhoun

In the moment, Gondry and Bernal almost manage to give quirky a good name.

June 21, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

The movie plays like an exhausted hallucination, disjointed and frustrating, much of it owing to t...

March 4, 2019
Houston Chronicle
Amy Biancolli

In the end, after your time with it, you'll recall it with a smile, remembering its childish wonde...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Charming and strange, with lovely animated scenes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this arty French film consists mostly of fanciful/dream-like scenes that can seem nonsensical and lack a clear narrative drive. (In other words, kids won't be clamoring to see it.) There's some slapstick violence (falls and fisticuffs with enlarged hands), and Stéphane draws "disaster" images for the calendar company where he works (which also produces calendars featuring naked women). The movie includes brief shots of Stéphane naked in a bathtub and emerging to don a robe. But his desire for Stéphanie is rendered metaphorically, in dreamy images of heroic feats and horseback riding. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink at a party. Some profanity.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:September 22, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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