NPR logo

'Science of Sleep' Straddles a Dreaming Life

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6126070/6126071" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
'Science of Sleep' Straddles a Dreaming Life

Movies

'Science of Sleep' Straddles a Dreaming Life

'Science of Sleep' Straddles a Dreaming Life

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6126070/6126071" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gael Garcia Bernal plays Stephane, a man whose dreams won't stay in his sleeping hours. Warner Bros. hide caption

toggle caption
Warner Bros.

Gael Garcia Bernal plays Stephane, a man whose dreams won't stay in his sleeping hours.

Warner Bros.

The new film The Science of Sleep is director Michel Gondry's fantasy tale about a young man who begins to lose himself in the area between waking life and his dreams.

Gondry covered similar terrain from another angle in his offbeat romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

When Stephane Miroux (Gael Garcia Bernal), a bored graphic artist, sleeps, he's the charismatic host of his own television show, where he creates dreams like exotic confections. And if the resulting dreams are so good you'd like to experience them twice, they all come with a rewind button.

When Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) moves in next door, Stephane must find a way to bridge his real life with his fantasies.

Whether you find the concept charming or too precious, the visual experience of The Science of Sleep is enough to prompt the question: "Who'd ever want to wake up?'