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thumbnail Waking Life (2001 USA)

Animation, Drama, Event, Genre , trackback

Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater
Genre: Animation, drama
Duration: 101 mins

Watching this film is like eavesdropping on a theoretical discourse between Kierkegaard and Kerouac, while standing in a modern art museum as the paintings come to life and melt into your visual cortex. Director Richard Linklater has created a film that turns the notions of dreaming and reality inside out, both visually and conceptually, while telling an absorbing tale of an off-beat teenage boy trying to wrap his head around a ponderous waking dream from which he can’t escape. The film was shot on digital video then in post-production. Every frame was painted over, lending the final product a surreal artistic and cerebral vitality that is unique in the history of cinema.

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