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Waking Life (2001)Waking Life (2001)

Waking Life (2001)

Animation, Drama

6.9

movie

United States of America

English

Dramatic, Original, Thought-provoking

2001

Richard Linklater

Adam Goldberg, Alex Jones, Bill Wise

99 min

Synopsis

Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.

Our Take

6.9
Helena Barker

Waking Life is composed exclusively of a series of conversations involving the main character, with him sometimes participating and sometimes just as a spectator. The discussions revolve around issues such as metaphysics, free will, social philosophy or the meaning of life. The title refers to a quote from Jorge Santayana: “sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.”, and the whole movie wanders around the state of a lucid dream, emphasized by the rotoscoping technique in which it was filmed. Waking Life is not just a movie worth watching, it is a movie worth watching a thousand times, because you will always notice something that you have previously missed out.

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