Waking Life (2001)

Waking Life (2001, USA) C-100m. ** D: Richard Linklater. Starring Wiley Wiggins, Bill Wise, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater. Experimental animated drama with a stream-of-consciousness narrative about a young man who drifts through life. In episodes we get chunks of conversation about the meaning of life etc. Linklater uses an interesting artistic approach - he bases the animation on live-action performances - but the result is episodic, even boring. Watch only if you are in the mood for something philosophical. Linklater returned to this style of filmmaking with Philip K. Dick's A SCANNER DARKLY (2006). In fact, a Dick essay is discussed in the film.

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