Wednesday, April 28, 2004

super perfundo on the early eve of your day/on really romantic nights of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion

Richard Linklater's Waking Life explores the duality of the dream state and the waking state, and introduces us to several articulate people trying to find the meaning of their existence. Linklater shot and cut this conversation-heavy film the regular way. And then in a brilliant stroke of genius, he got animators to convert all this film to a series of water colour frames. The effect added an extra alternative element of realism to the proceedings. Surreal expressionism in a way. The conversational tone may turn people off. I found My Dinner with André (a movie that comprises a long dinner conversation) boring, but this effort was more endearing. The Philip K Dick anecdote about Flow my tears the policeman said was priceless, given that I'm a fan. And there are so many cool quotes. Vocal/likeness cameos include Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (reprising their roles in Linklater's Before Sunrise), Steven Soderbergh and Linklater himself. Always remember "the trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything".

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