The Science of Sleep
The Science of Sleep ★★ 2006 (R)
Fanciful and surreal effort will ap peal most to fans of Gondry's previous work. Immature and hyperimaginative graphic artist Stephane (Garcia Bernal) has just returned to Paris and his mother (Miou-Miou) after growing up in Mexico with his divorced dad. Maybe he's suffer ing from culture shock and maybe Stephane is more than a little weird but he's certainly more comfortable living in his own fantasies. Stephane chums up with artist neighbor Stephanie (Gainsbourg) but pulls back from the romantic impulses he can't handle, going back into his dream world. Visually fascinating and sometimes funny, but the perpetual parade of dream sequences never pays off. 105m/C DVD . FR IT Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, Pierre Vaneck, Emma de Caunes, Sacha Bourdo, Alain de Noyencourt; D: Michel Gondry; W: Michel Gondry; C: Jean-Louis Bompoint; M: Jean-Michel Bernard.