The Science of Sleep

Theatrical Release: September 22, 2006
The Science of Sleep


Life seems to be looking up for shy and withdrawn Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) when he returns to his childhood home with the promise of a great job. Wildly creative, his fanciful and sometimes disturbing dream life constantly threatens to usurp his waking world. While the job fails to meet expectations, he does strike up a relationship with his neighbor, Stephanie. As their connection blossoms, the confidence he exudes in his fanciful dream life begins bleeding into his real life. But just as everything is looking up, his insecurities raise their ugly head, and he faces a dilemma that the ‘Science of Sleep’ may not help him solve. Michel Gondry’s science fiction doesn’t explore outer, but rather inner, space, playfully reflecting the interaction between the worlds we inhabit: nature, society, and the mind. “The Science of Sleep” utilizes rudimentary techniques to craft a thoroughly complex vision of the lead character’s brain, filled with the anxieties, hopes, fears, and yearnings that lie in all of us.

Dove Review

This may be the most bizzare film I have ever seen. It drifts so seamlessly back and forth between reality and the mind that the viewer is hard pressed to determine which one the film is displaying at any given time. It goes from live-action scenes to animated scenes and had a cardboard box car and telephone in some scenes. There is no logic to the plot and indeed, after viewing the film I am still not sure what the plot was about. All I ascertained for sure was that the main character Stephane wanted Stephanie to be his girlfriend, yet he had fantasies about the woman he worked with as well. It should be noted that there are subtitles in the film. There is very strong language in this film as well as nudity and sexual innuendos and simulated sex. There is also some gross humor and flatulence as well as vomit on the front of a person. We do not approve this film for family viewing.

Content Description

Sex: Simulated sex between a couple with their clothes on, on a copy machine! A scene between two unmarried people in a bathtub which shows partial nudity. Strong sexual innuendos and jokes. Comments about "fags."
Language: F-7; Scr*w-4; S-9; BS-5; A-5; Dumba*s-1; D/Dam*it-2; Male organ mentioned a few times and slang for oral sex; slang for breasts-2; Jeez-1; Bi*ch-3; G-1
Violence: A razor gone wild attacks the boss, he jumps out a window but survives, some roughhousing and blood on a man's forehead.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking.
Nudity: Front and rear nudity of man. Partial nudity of woman including a quick scene of her exposed breast. Front female nudity on a calendar. Cleavage.
Occult: None


Company: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: Michel Gondry
Producer: Georges Bermann
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter