The Gene Siskel Film Center’s series, Designs for Living: The Apartment Genre, will have a final screening tomorrow and Tuesday, December 13. It’s “The Science of Sleep,” a 2006 French film written and directed by Michael Gondry (director, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
The whimsical movie stars Jane Birkin’s daughter and an apartment, among other characters. Considering the simplicity of the eponymous Hermès Birkin bag and the boundless visual creativity in each scene, we thought the film was uniquely Miesian. However, there is no Birkin bag in it.
But there will be someone intelligent to contextualize the film at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. screening; Professor Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies at Notre Dame University and author of The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975 will give a lecture.
The Science of Sleep, directed by Michael Gondry