A great surrealist dramatic comedy set in Paris, France following fantasist Stéphane Miroux (Gael García Bernal), a shy dreamer who lives across the landing from love interest Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The film balances the sweet nature of unrequited love and amusing humour, from Stéphane’s bizarre decision making to the surreal props and sets that Michel Gondry films are known for the story is carefully delivered.
Stéphane, half-French and half-Mexican, returns to Paris from Mexico to live closer to his mother after his father’s death. He is an artist, which Gondry puts to full use by including weird, wonderful and worrying art throughout. However, Stéphane works a mundane job at a Calendar manufacturing company while focusing most of his efforts on wooing a disinterested but very friendly Stéphanie.
A great film, well worth a watch – particularly if you have watched and enjoyed Amélie as Gondry’s approach in The Science of Sleep is very similar to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s.