Stephane (Bernal) returns home to Paris and takes up a mundane job making corporate calendars. But it is only in his dreams that Stephane is able to escape the monotony and live a life he enjoys. When he falls for his neighbour across the hall, Stephanie (Gainsbourg), reality and dreams start to bleed into each other as he tries to seduce her.
It suffers occasionally from self-consciousness and over-indulgence in its own oddity, but Gondry’s grasp of emotion and visuals is enchanting. Even if he seems several sandwiches short of a picnic.
Reviewed by Oliver Richards
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