When planning a lazy weekend sleeping in and enjoying the comforts of your own home, a quality movie marathon can easily add some excitement and entertainment to your quiet days off. As we love sleep here at the Salem HQ, we’ve rounded up a number of excellent movies about sleep. These films includes sleep as a driving element for the plot, some even delving into a whimsical method of explaining certain wonders about sleep.
To help you jumpstart your relaxing weekend, here’s our list of the top five movies about sleep:
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Directed by Michel Gondry
Watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is kind of like dreaming. It’s non-chronological timeline, as well as idyllic cinematography, is the perfect way to tell the story about Jim Carrey’s and Kate Winslet’s characters, who are two ex lovers who has signed up to have their memories of each other removed while they sleep. The result is a series of flashbacks and dream-like sequences that are truly creative and beautifully executed.
2. Fight Club (1999), Directed by David Fincher
A silver screen adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same title, Fight Club is a lot more than just sleep. It’s actually about an unnamed protagonist who suffers from severe insomnia, that could have resulted into Tyler Durden coming into life. Intriguing, exciting, and packed with tons of quotable lines, Fight Club is truly worthy of its cult status.
3. Inception (2010), Directed by Christopher Nolan
Known to constantly wow and impress audiences, Inception is one of the more modern cult favorites of today. The story revolves around a group of highly talented team of thieves who are hired to perform some serious corporate espionage through an experimental military technology using dreams as a way to plant and extract thoughts, ideas, and information from targets.
4. Sleepwalk With Me (2012), Directed by Mike Birbiglia & Seth Barrish
This award winning independent movie is based on real life events of the film’s writer/directory Mike Birbiglia about his struggle with coming to terms with the pressures of getting married, stand up comedy career, sleepwalking, and life in general. As he tries to deny his feelings, the more severe and dangerous his sleepwalking become, often putting him in situations that hurt him physically.
5. The Science of Sleep (2006), Directed by Michel Gondry
Also from the acclaimed director Michel Gondry, the Science of Sleep is one of those movies you can watch over and over again thanks to its highly imaginative and creative visuals that can be reinterpreted in various ways each time you see the film. The story revolves around Gael Garcia Bernal’s character, Stephane Miroux, who moves to Paris to be with his mother after his father’s death. Despite Stephane’s crippling difficulty of telling the reality apart from his dreams, he falls for his mother’s neighbor, Stephanie. The movie is highly surrealistic and charming, packed with magnificent visual and cinematography, making the viewers feel as if they are dreaming as well.
So, sit back (or lie down), pop these films on your player. Spend a nice weekend in bed watching these excellent films and feel like you’re dreaming through your screen.