Wednesday, 23 May 2012

La Science des reves (film)


The Little Theatre's film club offering for June is the 2006 film The Science of Sleep (La Science des reves).

Written and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), this surreal fantasy comedy stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Stephane Miroux, a Parisian artist. Having come home from Mexico after the death of his father, Stephane finds himself stifled by the mundane job that his mother has found for him. He expected to be artistic but the calendar-making company has little use for these skills. Only when he begins a relationship with his neighbour Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is his creativity allowed to flourish. Partly in English, the film also has subtitled French and Spanish dialogue with each language used to identify a reality for Stephane.

The film is very French in style and apparently Gondry's confident journeying into the subconscious mind can sometimes be baffling and confusing to follow. I have read reviews suggesting that this is a deliberate ploy with Gondry mimicking the random nature of dreams. I have also read other reviews suggesting that the film doesn't quite mesh together with one suggesting a 'patchwork quilt that doesn't fit'. I am looking forward to making my own mind up as I think this may be a 'Marmite' film in that you either love it or hate it!

However, judging by the trailers, the the animated sequences look to be typical of Gondry with his quirky flair for the fantastic and bizarre, and both of the lead actors have been highly praised with Bernal putting in a particularly strong and moving performance.

The Little Theatre, 13th June, 7pm, 
£3 including refreshments.

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