Tuesday, July 18, 2006

'Identify That Trailer Music!' - Vol. 1

Remember last week when I mentioned that movies debuting in fall are usually much more digestable than the no-brainer action feast of summer? Well ever since I caught the trailer of Warner Independent Pictures' 'The Science of Sleep', the brand new Michel Gondry film project featuring the always charming Gael Garcia Bernal, I thought a mini-project of identifying tracks off trailers would be something wickedly fun to do.

Synopsis from the official movie website:

Life seems to be looking up for shy and withdrawn Stephane (Bernal) when he is coaxed to return to his childhood home with the promise of a job in the mundane world of copy-setting. Wildly creative, his fanciful and sometimes disturbing dream life constantly threatens to usurp his waking world. Stephane is quickly drawn to his neighbour, Stephanie (Gainsbourg) whose imagination easily matches his own. As their relationship blossoms, the confidence Stephane exudes in his dreams begins bleeding over to his real life.

Unable to bear the prospect of a waking world without Stephanie's love, and with no satisfying solutions coming out of his dream world, Stephane faces a dilemma he may not be able to depend on the science of sleep to help him solve.

I would be so fond of watching Bernal in this possibly semi-autobiographical comedy/drama film with Charlotte Gainsbourg, who was last seen in '21 Grams'. The distinctively lanky French lass will make her 2006 rather busy with another celluloid project, 'I'm Not There' with Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and Cate Blanchett that is supposedly about reenactions of legendary singer Bob Dylan's life.

Although voted for more as a production-piece rather than a directing piece, it shouldn't be slammed as a film to be forgotten. Michel Gondry's visual styles are displayed in such a dreamy, visceral way throughout the duration of the film, it's almost like eating candy. Remember how imaginative 'Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind' was? Many non-Gondry fans may find this as a bore compared to 'Eternal Sunshine...' - but since when did the indie film scene dream of mainstream recognition?

These are the three songs used in the trailer in sequential order:
- The Velvet Underground - After Hours
- The Strokes - Fear Of Sleep
- Death Cab For Cutie - Your Heart Is An Empty Room

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