After Eternal Sunshine, Gondry was given to the keys to the castle when developing the visual style of his follow up and, for better and for worse, this is the result. The switching between wild oneiric imagery and more mundane interactions between Stephane & Stephanie (the rest of the cast acting as a Greek chorus) is initially fun but grates towards the end, esp. as the screenplay lacks Kaufman's character depth.
I haven't seen this in many years but I remember it being quite cute with the stop-motion and playing with dreams. It also introduced me to Charlotte Gainsbourg <3 Unfortunately, I had a lot of problems with the character of Stéphane, a manchild who behaves very inappropriately to Stéphanie throughout the film.
This film hurts, as Stéphane Miroux is basically myself, though I'm creative like Stéphanie, not inventive like him. 'The Science of Sleep' feels like a tailored film for me, you may not find it particularly interesting but I really do. The cellophane river, the forest inside a boat, the mezzanine, clever disasterology calendar, one second-time machine, Aristurtle, Stéphane TV's opening song, and Golden The Pony Boy.
Une histoire d'amour fantastique et touchante. Gondry utilise (réutilise ?) ses recettes pour nous cuisiner une rencontre entre deux personnages un peu perché mais très attachant. On sent beaucoup de vécu dans cette histoire, avec de bons acteurs qui font mouchent. Seul bémol, 2 ans après ES of the Spotless Mind on pouvait s'attendre à plus.