A while ago a friend of mine told me that The Science of Sleep was one of his favorite movies, so naturally I felt compelled to see it.
What I enjoyed most about the film was all the work and creativity that went into the dream world, especially Stepháne’s television studio. The special effects had a certain charm to them that helped me as a viewer want to see Stepháne succeed. I would hate to see all the work put into his dreams amount to nothing because Stepháne did not achieve what he wanted in life. Additionally, I was able to personally identify with Stepháne’s character. From his zany dreams, to his tendency to over think situations, to his trouble in understanding women, he was a character that I felt was believable yet intriguing. His personality was full of quirks that caused him to fail in certain aspects of life, even so it was those quirks that truly made his character.
As for the narrative of the film, I felt there was nothing overly special about it. It was simply a film about a guy who isn’t comfortable around women, doesn’t like his job, and seeks comfort in his dreams. There are plenty of films out there similar to this one, heck, I’m sure plenty of everyday people live lives comparable to Stepháne’s. Despite the lack of novelty in the narrative, it is still an entertaining film worth one’s time, even if you’re only watching it for the special effects or because someone you respect recommended it.
If I had to give it a rating, I’d say it would be about 3.5 shakas on a scale of 0-5.
And for those who won’t bother seeing it, here are some memorable quotes:
Randomness is very difficult to achieve, organization always merges back if you don’t pay attention.
Distraction is an obstruction for the construction.