Sleep to Dream
Maybe I’m crazy, but I totally love Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep. I know we all adored his earlier, heartbreakingly lovely film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and for that matter we all hated The Green Hornet and Be Kind Rewind) and I think Science got a little bit forgotten as a result. Let me explain the reasons to love this movie. First off, it stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien and Babel) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (21 Grams and Jane Eyre). How could the combination of those two people ever make a movie that was bad? Gael plays an under-employed illustrator who is constantly confusing his dreams with reality, and the stunning Charlotte plays his object of affection and fellow indulger in whimsically romantic fantasies. Secondly, this is a film where Gondry once again uses his talent in DIY effects (think dreams featuring cardboard-crafted props) to visualize romantic ideas. Paper mache boats and mechanized stuffed horses come to life to illustrate the imagination of Stephane, the main character. Though Stephanie (Stephane, Stephanie…yes these are two different people, try to stay with me!), Gainsbourg’s character, is at first entranced by Stephane, the romance is shaken due to his tendency to let his bad dreams and paranoia affect his grasp on the reality of their relationship. If Stephane can’t hold the reigns of his imagination better, the very thing that attracted his love might be the thing to push her away. We, of course, are rooting for these two to live out the kind of magical love Stephane hopes for in his dreams and fantasies.
…also here’s this amazing video someone made combining scenes from the movie with this great Seabear song.
…and a clip featuring a Velvet Underground song 🙂