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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #240 on: January 13, 2010, 12:44:19 PM »
That said, I'm struggling with thoughts of did it really need all three hours?

Maybe, maybe not. I'm of the opinion that a movie like this, where it uses its time rather subtly to allow you to learn about and connect with the characters, comes out better for the length with which you spend with them. The "story" certainly could have been told in less time, but there's all those great little moments that wouldn't have all made the cut. I think what it comes down to, is how effectively is that time used. From my memory of Yi yi, it didn't drag on or feel like filler to flesh out the runtime.

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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #241 on: January 13, 2010, 12:48:51 PM »
That said, I'm struggling with thoughts of did it really need all three hours?

Maybe, maybe not. I'm of the opinion that a movie like this, where it uses its time rather subtly to allow you to learn about and connect with the characters, comes out better for the length with which you spend with them. The "story" certainly could have been told in less time, but there's all those great little moments that wouldn't have all made the cut. I think what it comes down to, is how effectively is that time used. From my memory of Yi yi, it didn't drag on or feel like filler to flesh out the runtime.

And I have to admit, I didn't feel that anything there was "filler".  Yes, I did feel it drag on and on.  But if the director had asked me, "So what would you take out?"  I don't think I could point at something and say-- "Get rid of that."  Everything had purpose.
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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #242 on: January 13, 2010, 01:49:01 PM »
I thought it was a little too short.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #243 on: January 13, 2010, 03:24:45 PM »
Indeed.

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« Reply #244 on: January 14, 2010, 02:45:19 PM »
You two are so cute.
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« Reply #245 on: January 14, 2010, 02:55:02 PM »
You two are so cute.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #246 on: January 14, 2010, 04:14:57 PM »
So glad you enjoyed it, Ferris.
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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #247 on: January 18, 2010, 12:38:59 AM »
Goose Egg Marathon Film #16



The Science of Sleep
(2006, Michel Gondry)

"Randomness is very difficult to achieve"

It's hard to come out of the Science of Sleep without thinking about Michel Gondre's previous film, the Charlie Kaufman penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Both are mindbending distortions of time and consciousness with bombastic imagery but heart at it's core.  However if the two films were Pink Floyd CDs, Eternal Sunshine would be "Dark of the Moon" and The Science of Sleep would be "The Wall".  The first being slightly more consumable, atmospheric and consistant in quality...the second being more daring, a bit more of a challenge to get your bearings with highs higher and lows lower.  In both cases the results are feast for the eyes and a thoroughly satisfying experience.

 





The Science of sleep centers around a young single inventor, artist and tinkerer, Stephane (Gael García Bernal) who has difficulty discerning his dreams from his waking life.  Complications arise as he attempts to become romantically involved with his French neighbor Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in the apartment across the way.  The film gives the audience no more clues than Stephanie has as to his current state of consciousness from one scene to the next - which admittedly be extremely frustrating for an unsympathetic audience member, but I really enjoyed the challenge.  





None of this would work without great performances by Bernal and Gainsbourg.  Their flirty, dysfunctional relationship elevates the film - giving the sureal set of mind games a much-needed grounding and some real sweetness.  It was pretty easy to emphasize with Stephane's inability to make a connection, and Stephanie's challenge at understanding why he was so random from meeting to the next.  At one point the two are discussing a project to work on together involving trees and a boat.  Their enthusiasm in infectious.  Gondre mixes the scene with real and imagined elements which are particularily effective.  Another scene Stephanie and a girlfriend are giggling as they watch him through a peep-hole.  I have to admit grinning ear to ear through some of this.





Perhaps where The Science of Sleep will play second fiddle to Eternal Sunshine is simply in the fact the lessons here are less poigniant and effecting.  It's not really a knock on the film - this wasn't what it was going for. It's more a "what if" set of questions, whereas Sunshine's themes are more universal.  Nevertheless, I can really recommend to this to someone his is looking for something that's not quite the standard fare - a relationship movie with brains or one of those "out there" movies that is just cohensive enough to keep it out of Von Trier territory.

Anyways - a fun fun film.  One of my favorites from the marathon.  It's not as likely I will end up purchasing this (like I did with Jesse James, Spirited Awway, Children of Men and Eternal Sunshine) but I'm sure I'll sure look forward to watching it again .


Verdict:
Magical, inventive and twisted in the best sense of the word.  Great imagery meets great characters

Grade: A 
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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #248 on: January 18, 2010, 12:42:32 AM »
You picked some great screenshots. I'm so glad you liked it. This movie has an exceedingly special place in my heart. It is just pure glee for me.
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Re: Ferris' Goose Egg Marathon: TWENTY Great Films from this Decade (2000-2009)
« Reply #249 on: January 18, 2010, 02:02:10 AM »
This started my love for both leads. And Gondry.

I think I mesh with this movie better than Eternal Sunshine. Though I've only seen each once.
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