The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
To describe the plot of The Science of Sleep would be like giving war plans to Ghandi, it just isn’t going to serve anyone. But by avoiding a normal narrative, this film, authored and directed by Michel Gondry, is paying homage to its topic; dreams. The film revolves around Stephane, played by Gael García Bernal, who returns to Paris from Mexico at the request (or deception, we never really can conclude) of his French mother. He finds himself living in a pretty mediocre apartment in a pretty mediocre area of Paris, but across the hall from Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Stephane, who has always had trouble distinguishing dreams from reality, immediately becomes enamored with Stephanie and the off and on relationship between the two is the basis of the film.