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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Gael Garcia Bernal
Charlotte Gainsbourg

Emma de Caunes
Alain Chabat
Directors
Michel Gondry
Screenwriters
Michel Gondry
Running Time
106 minutes

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Plot
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.


Verdict
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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