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The Science Of Sleep

The director of this film was responsible for the wonderful film, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, which features an awful lots of dream/memory based stuff. As the title of the film suggests, you're in for more of the same - although this time, it's just a little more weird.

The story is about an artist who comes to Paris on the promise of an interesting, creative job. Unfortunately, when he gets there, it isn't - much to his annoyance. As he gets to grips with the dull life of typesetting, he becomes friendly with the girls next-door - and this is where real-life gets left behind and he descends into his rather random and surreal dream-world.

At this point, it's hard to work out whether our artist is dreaming the lot or if it's just the director trying to present a different take on life. It could be argued that this detracts from the storytelling - at least it keeps you guessing. That said, some of the dream sequences are made from cardboard tubes, sweet-wrappers and cotton wool - so it'll be obvious.

The dream sequences are at times really quite bizarre - personal to the director, perhaps? Examples include being attacked by an electric razor, growing oversized hands and being on the run from the police in a cardboard car. It's all fun, to say the least.

The only problem with the film is the love interest, with the next door neighbour. What starts as friendly banter at the beginning over his strange inventions becomes more tortuous later on as the two start to discover more about each other. The problem with this is that it partially detracts from the fun of the film, namely his random creative mind - presented as though you're watching a reality TV show.

The film isn't perfect, but it's fun. No doubt you'll identify with some of the dreams that are shown and the humour demonstrated by his work colleagues - just don't expect something as totally magical as Eternal Sunshine.

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