Waking Life (2001)

R   |    |  Animation, Drama, Fantasy

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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.




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27 February 2003 | RJGodin2
| very good, creative, expansion of Slackers
It is rare for a director to return to a film and improve it but Linklater does it here. Taking the general form of Slackers, he adds a metaphysical story line and coats it with extraordinary eye candy.

The rotoscoping really provides an acid trip experience of constantly shifting planes with backgrounds going one way and characters going the other.

The string quartet tango score also is an excellent use of music to reinforce the exotic aspects of the production.

The monologues are thought provoking and compelling. The story line examining dream/death connection is novel. Score points for originality of story, art direction and narrative line. Some quite funny parts (e.g. boat car, bar shoot out, etc.), some creepy parts (e.g. jailbird rant, second boat man meeting, etc.).

I have seen this several times and enjoyed it every time. Farily rare is the movie that can really stand up to multiple viewings. This is one.

Very refreshing. See it.

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Release Date:

7 March 2002



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Filming Locations

Texas, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,977 21 October 2001

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