“The Science of Sleep,” writer-director Michel Gondry's buoyant reverie of a daydream believer who converts his audience through a misty-eyed and mystical romance combined with a core of painful emotional realism, will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
The film is wonderfully innovative, as Gondry uses simple arts and crafts ranging from giant foam hands, cellophane waves to a horse made of cloth to link the world of the aware to the wondrous universe of the asleep.
“Science” attempts to map the mindscape of Stéphane (Gael García Bernal from “The Motorcycle Diaries”), a Franco-Mexican artist whose father's death in Mexico City prompts him to return to his boyhood apartment in Paris, where his mother lives. And it's where another irrepressible artist named Stéphanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), Stéphane's double in name and whimsy, moves across the hall.
The look of the comedy is dazzling, even hallucinatory, and the concept is beyond quirky as conceived by Gondry, a talented visual stylist, in his first film based on his own script. The story is compelling, unconventional and diverting in its blurring of reality and fantasy. It's hard to say what is real, and for most of the movie, viewers just don't care.
Screenings will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. In French, Spanish and English, with a running time of 1:45, the film is rated R. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the box office.