"Mom, at what point you stopped hugging me when taking me to school?" SUR l´eau REAL is an experimental short film emerged from this question posed by my adult son. The piece is connecting this question to a dream experienced about twenty years back and to thoughts inspired by L´eau et les rêves (1942), a book by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. In the dream I am forced to make acquaintance with different worlds and their elements, water being one of them. The experience is both frightening and unpleasant. Through the writings of Bachelard, the dream, my own fragmental biography, and the question posed to me breed a new story. Bachelard associates the element of water to femininity, fertility, melancholia and death. According to him dreaming by the water is crucial for the process of creation.