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Stephane Miroux (Gael García Bernal) is an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. While slumbering, he is the charismatic host of Stephane TV, expounding on "The Science of Sleep" in front of cardboard cameras. In "real life," he has a boring job at a Parisian calendar publisher and pines for Stephanie (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the girl in the apartment across the hall. Unable to find the secret to Stephanie's heart while awake, Stephane searches for the answer in his dreams. A playful romantic fantasy written and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

 The Science of Sleep

Gael García Bernal and Alain Chabat are fooling around between takes on the set of The Science of Sleep. We are not actually shooting and you can see on their expressions that they are not in character, just having fun. Those hands were pretty heavy. They are the exact representation of a feeling of anguish I had waking from the same recurring nightmare when I was six years old. This feeling never really left me; it’s still next to me and shows up when things go wrong.

Some friends told me it has to do with nerve endings and corporal scheme, but I found its precise representation at the French Musée de l’Homme.

In a temporary exhibition on the brain, I came face to face with a sculpture of this weird little guy: the Homunculus. It basically is the physical representation of the body as it exists in the cortex of your brain. There are in fact two Homunculi: the motor one, who is the display of the connections which move all body parts, and the sensory one which represents the sense of touch. The last one is even weirder, with bigger hands and a small head and penis. Quite upsetting.

So I looked up the little guy on the web to see him again and write accurately about him and here is the first message I found in the attached forum:

"I’m reminded of the story on The Work of Director Michel Gondry where he’s describing these nightmares he had as a child about having huge, unwieldy hands, which subsequently turned up in the video for 'Everlong' by The Foo Fighters. The models certainly look like something that would turn up in his music videos...."– Belletrist

There you go...