Shy and inhibited Stéphane possesses an extraordinarily active imagination and his vivid dreams often interfere with his ability to engage with reality. When he returns to his childhood home in Paris, he suddenly falls in love with his neighbor whose fertile imagination matches his own.
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Je trouve un charme très parisien à ce film, le Paris de Vian, de Prévert, de Tati peut-être aussi et d'Etaix, de Doisneau. Gondry s'inscrit dans une grande lignée. La fantaisie recèle un questionnement profond sur l'amour et la part de souffrance et d'inquiétude, d'épreuve de soi qu'il entraîne, et qui peut l'user. Pourquoi doit-on commencer par s'écorcher ? On n'est pas loin parfois du pessimisme d'un Woody Allen !
I love this movie SO much. I love Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, AND Michel Gondry. Hell yes. This movie is brilliance. So imaginative. So creative. So beautiful. So lovely! Just like everything Michel does.
A tossup as being my favorite work by Gondry next to Eternal Sunshine...
I was able to relate to the characters' inner struggles... And i think that's why i was able to enjoy it, versus everyone else's disappointment.
I thought this film might be pretentious but luckily it wasn't. It's very creative and Gondry has quite a nice visual style. The story is very interesting and I liked Gael Garcia Bernal's character. The film overall has a very nice tone. I enjoyed it a lot.