In his fantastic romantic drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the director Michel Gondry blurred the lines between dreams, reality and memory. His next movie in French, The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves), continues on the same course. Stephane has a overly vivid imagination due to which he sees reality as richly as his dreams. On returning to France after a long stint abroad, he lands a boring typesetting job. Things are a bit more interesting at home, where his new neighbour is a pretty girl named Stephanie, who he slowly falls for. But his graphic dream-reality mixups threaten to ruin his relationship.
The Science of Sleep deals with a very interesting concept that is creatively depicted in the movie by using stop motion animation. This sense pervades the entire movie and it feels like a daydream. Stephane has a quaint gift, Stephanie is a quirky girl and we want these two to fall in love. However, they live in this intensely boring plot that turns off even the most optimistic viewer. Watch this movie only if you find the concept interesting.