Inventive Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman into his life. Shy Stéphane (Gael García Bernal) has returned to his childhood hometown to accept a new job. When the prospective employment offer fails to live up to expectations, however, Stéphane is at least comforted by the close bond he has formed with his creative-thinking neighbor Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Their blossoming romance finally awakens the sleeping confidence that the withdrawn Stéphane was previously capable of displaying only in his dreams, but Stéphane and Stéphanie find their relationship challenged when lingering insecurities prompt the smitten visionary to confront an old dilemma that can't be solved by the Science of Sleep. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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It was fun too watch. Very creative visually and the acting was on target. Some scenes were visually moving and I enjoyed watching the 'making of the movie' part as an extra with the DVD. BUT it's not a particularly deep film and I think it could have been more. I felt that the creator of the film was afraid to explore why he had all these problems with losing his father and not connecting with women as just friends. His mother seemed to have little influence on him and yet she seemed more grounded than a lot of his friends. I don't know I feel a bit undecided about this movie...I could recommend it to a close friend and I could watch it again...but it is very hard to grasp on some level. Maybe that's the result the director is aiming for...you can't quite get it all...like a dream
I watched this movie 5 times over 5 nights... I could not get enough. It was a strange movie, and that is exactly WHY i liked it. I am somehow attracted to the perversion of immature actions that Stephane exacerbates, feeling the frustrations that Stephanie must feel... and then I slip into the strange world of dreams right along with them and just love it. Kudos for originality.