By Julie D. Griffin
One day his shaving razor ends up on the floor walking itself, and his hands grow large – as the boss who rejected him and all of his ideas ends up out of the window and on the streets pushing a grocery cart filled with plastic bags of junk – his long stylish hair now an ancient grey. Stephane, a young French man with a huge imagination for creating holds a television talk show every morning. With movie cameras made of cardboard boxes, and guests who range from his childhood home movie footage to famous people – He creates a place that does not really exist called the Miroux Museum, right outside of his office window. The days pass by much nicer this way.
Life gets more hectic and exciting as he rearranges the personalities and even the decor of his office atmosphere while he sleeps. As the president of the company here, he dominates and lines the walls of the dull calender making business with his own paintings. Outside, a cardboard town exists to fulfill his every childhood fantasy. A real cardboard train rides a real high rail and he even swims through an ocean entrenched city, although at other times he flies. Sometimes his bad mannered co-workers really irritate the gentle, kind and sensitive artist. He is up in arms the day he finds that they take their own liberties to change the title of the book he wrote while working on the production process. “You messed up the title of my book. I’m exhausted. I’m going to wake up now.”
“Big hugs darling,” his mother invites him to come on Wednesday. A peaceful day, he remembers he and his father doing simple things together as a child – the boy is also highly creative and imaginative. This is the movie to watch if you want to learn some things about interpersonal relationships.
“The brain is the most complex thing of the universe, and it’s right behind the nose.” He plays on his drums gently as one part of his multi-media presentation, explaining with soldier doll-figures how two people correct and change with eachother through the years. Stephan feels symetric. He does not understand his co-workers.
As the police come, she bandages up his hand, which feels kind and loving – and they tell him to drive more careful next time. “It’d be cool to be an art-director,” Stephanie remarks.
This story which has nothing to do with lost sleep at one aspectual level, still he and his creative friend explore together how to make a movie, which requires dreams. Even as his piano playing causes clouds to stay suspended at ceiling level -She tells him she’ll be asleep by the time he spends all that time to go out to get the camera.
Later explorations to jump-start the creative imagination do include the French way of looking at things from Stephano, some of his creative ideas seem to show up at the most unusual of times and places. He views his writing pad one day to discern that what he has suspected all along is true, and he is able to find a way to use this world to make important decisions. Stephan retires to an imaginary cave. Here he has furniture, all of his creative necessities set up like a better and more well run office than the one he works at – He collects beautiful objects of art and inspiration and stores them in his cave. His hiding place is a wonderful reprieve from his boss who shows up as the gray headed, elderly homeless man and torments him throughout the movie. His colleague wants to prevent the gentle creator and yet the evil auspices he exerts are crass, crude and even gross in the flesh.
Fortunately, Stephan is able to fly through the sky and bring his designs with him – fly up to the office window and go through it. The wind is blowing in his face. “You are only the results of my chemical brain, that’s all,” he reminds his co-workers. “You mean we don’t really exist?” “But tell me. Remember the letter. What did it say?” Remarks his female co-worker to the other woman, as he does not even know that the woman is his neighbor. She is terrified to call him, even though she retains his telephone number. She calls him if he has an optical illusion. “Why didn’t you go to work today?” “I did go mom.” Pouchet phoned. She said he did in his dream. “He must be in love?” “Have you met someone?” He goes to sleep with a homemade contraption to test his dream activity. He wants to know what his eyes do or control in his sleep. Sometimes his toy pony comes to life and dances across the piano keys and runs into a painting or two. He begins to find out he is falling in love while at the same time falling into a deep, black hole. Who may save him?
Taking his telephone to the farm, he sees his white horse run by and at a beautiful stream finds the creative machine. “It works!” He tells Stephanie who is always trying to help him break through to the other side. At the art show, his exhibit is successful. His friends are there and he is able to come out of a creative slump. It is difficult for him to speak, but he speaks shyly of his donations for victims.
He lays on a rock to make his stomache feel better – He is able to fall asleep once Stephanie, his girlfriend holds his hand. As soon as they fall asleep they ride the back of the large white horse to oceans of baby blue chiffon the two created together with their hands. Stephan falls asleep admiring Stephanie’s latest creation, a white felt boat with beautiful hand crafted flowers flickering in the light.
This movie, The Science of Sleep, technically refers to, from the French perspective, the science of dreams. “The Science of Sleep (French: La Science des rêves, literally The Science of Dreams) is a 2006 French film, written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou and Alain Chabat.” Access the following link for a more extensive plot subsidy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Science_of_Sleep.”
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