Friday, June 7, 2013

Film Critique: 'The Science of Sleep'

The Science of Sleep (2006)
Drama/Comedy/Fantasy – 105 Minutes
Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

For those of you who have seen ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, you’ll know that director Michel Gondry has a unique and quirky cinematic voice. Likewise, the quirky structure of ‘The Science of Sleep’ blends seamlessly between dreams and reality. This blending of sequences can give you the feeling that the rug is constantly being pulled out underneath your feet, but allows for humor that is impossible in traditionally framed films.

Michel Gondry's quirky 'The Science of Sleep'

The film carries a beautiful and unique visual style, but it isn’t enough to cover some of the flaws in pacing that seem to arise in the aim of the film – Although, for a film that purposefully mirrors the structure of an imaginative dreamscape, I’m not sure this is a real flaw. ‘The Science of Sleep’ is enjoyable at the bare minimum as a breath of fresh creativity.

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