Original Title: La science des rêves
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Written By: Michel Gondry
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
Michel Gondry directed “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind”, so if you enjoyed that you should see this. Forget “Be Kind and Rewind” (this was weird and quirky in all the wrong ways). Gondrys’ history of imaginative music videos comes to the foreground here in the films many fantasy dream sequences. The slight story of a sensitive and creative man coming to stay with his mother and meeting her neighbour and forming an awkward relationship of sorts is very simple and light going. The story of boy meets girl is really a backdrop to experiment with ways of presenting the inner mind of someone who is almost divorced from real life. The directors’ highly surreal and comic eye find many occasions to be witty and clever. The whole film is eccentric to the max but the effect is one of being wholly charming and sweet. Gael Garcia Bernal is really good in this fish-out-of-water role, he plays a naïve half Spanish, half French, grieving for his father ex-student. He is so shy of his accent he prefers to talk in English to his French co-workers and neighbours and he struggles to fit in with everyone and is barely adjusted for the normal world. Charlotte Gainsbourg is her usual gangly, ugly-cute, self but is surprisingly likeable and natural here,. The fantastical imaginings of our hero merge so closely together sometimes that we, as well as the he, actually get confused with what is being dreamt and what is really happening to great effect. The film manages to tickle the imagination and give us a lovely sweet, almost fairy tale of a movie.
You fancy something quirky, cute, eccentric and foreign. This film delivers in spades. Charming and a great watch, especially for singletons. There is hope for us odd balls!
HD is preferable just so you can see the films many textures of objects, textiles and colour.
Best element for me: << mild spoiler >>
There are so many fun moments; from swimming to work over a model town to escaping the police in a cardboard car! But I think the funniest, nicest moment is when our hero enters his love interests apartment and when he suddenly gets caught – he just jumps into her bed and hides his face – like this will help stop the reality of being caught! I think we’ve all been caught doing something we’d rather not and this is exactly how we want to react. Be an ostrich!