Waking Life

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Waking Life ★★½ 2001 (R)

Linklater's innovative and visually groundbreaking look at dreams, life, and philosophy doesn't really seem to have a plot. What it does have is several vignettes of people mostly just talking about the above subjects. What makes it stunning is the look of the project. Linklater “filmed” the scenes on digital video, then had a group of artists digitally “paint” over the footage, assigning different artists different scenes or actors so as to have a variety of styles. The result is a trippy experiment that might not appeal to many people except philosophymajors, computer geeks, or chemically altered college students. Film buffs lookingfor something new would do well to checkit out. 99m/C VHS, DVD . US Richard Linklater,Glover Gill, Julie Delpy, Wiley Wiggins, Ethan-Hawke, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt, Steven Soderbergh; D: Richard Linklater; W: Richard Linklater;C: Richard Linklater, Tommy Pallotta; M: Glover-Gill. N.Y. Film Critics ‘01: Animated Film