Hits to the Heart and Mind from the Land of Dreams
The Science of Sleepcc
The Science of Sleep is a French Film made in 2006 by writer/director Michel Gondry,
known for his visual flair at "setting the scene," as they say in the business.
This is a love story between Stephane and Stephanie, the similiarity in names
underpinning the theme of the inevitably deep connection between them.
Of course, doesn't it seem in life that sometimes a bond is absolutely fated—producing
lovers and friends?
Stephane: No! I don't want to be your friend anymore!I don't want to be your friend
anymore! Do I have to nail it on your door? "I don't want to be your friend."
Stéphanie: No you, you can't, you can't stop being my friend. It's not something people can
The tale is a surreal one. Surrealism, the template of expressing with the "nonrational"
and the unexpected, in dreamlike form—always leaves us viewers with the task of
working a little harder than usual to figure out—What did they mean by that?, What are
they saying?, Are those giant hands or are you just happy to see me? (Right, it's in the movie).
Stéphanie: Randomness is very difficult to achieve... organization always merges back if
you don't pay attention.
So besides being a love story...
Stéphane: Would you marry me when we are seventy? You have nothing to lose.
Probably not the most romantic thing she's ever heard but besides the story
of two people meant for each other, this movie is a treatise, of sorts, on the
mystery of fields of possibilities.
Stéphane: P. S. R. Parallel Synchronized Randomness. An interesting brain rarity and our
subject for today. Two people walk in opposite directions at the same time and then they make
the same decision at the same time. Then they correct it, and then they correct it, and then they
correct it, and then they correct it, and then they correct it. Basically, in a mathematical world
these two little guys will stay looped for the end of time. The brain is the most complex thing in
the universe and it's right behind the nose.
One moment splitting off into countless possible next moments. Each in turn
doing the same thing. And with them—entire universes? This is the sort of thing
that can sometimes make philosophers, scientists and regular citizens alike run
down the road with their hands in the air, screaming, "Aughh! My head hurts!!"
The theme has a further interesting component in Stephane's "One Second Time
Stéphane: I'm exhausted, I'm going to wake up now.
Right, Steve. Back to the love story.
Stéphane: I love her because she makes things. You know? She makes things with her hands.
It's as if her synapses was married directly to her fingers. (wiggles fingers) Like this. In this
Now, that's kind of romantic. He should have told her that instead of the marry me
when we're old because there won't be anything better to do line. But Stephane, as
is often the case, has worked himself into a no-win loop.
Stéphane: This girl is at once all the women that broke my heart. She is so beautiful and
generous and she is asking me to leave because she is dumping me. She is dumping me because
I am a cheap drug dealer. And I am a drug dealer because she wants to leave me.
Not that he doesn't have his moments.
Stéphane: Tonight I'll show you how dreams are prepared,............. love, friendships,
relationships. All those ships.
In spite of Stephane's highwrought hallucinatory journey and the host of star-crossed
occurrences, they come together through sheer electromagnetic draw and literally, in a
most figurative way, sail off together into Forever.
Stéphanie: Distraction is an obstruction to the construction.
Well, Dieu seul sait.
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