Written and Directed by Richard Linklater
“They say that dreams are only real as long as they last. Couldn’t you say the same thing about life?”
I’ve exhausted my entire day talking about this film to the few people I get to share film talk (in person) about art of such magnitude. Exhaustion beyond my capabilities, admiration larger than envy and a trip beyond your most dreamy imagination.
“There’s only one instant, and it’s right now. And it’s eternity”.
Waking life is a film that jabs you against some of the greatest conversations and commentaries. A film that spins brain teasing words around some of the more basic human fears and the process of reaching a thought.
“The ongoing WOW is happening right NOW”.
A private life when physically asleep is Linklater’s podium from where he directs people all over from Middle Eastern poets to writers in bars to abstract dream chasers to angry radio jockeys.
“We have got to realize that we’re being conditioned on a mass scale. Start challenging this corporate slave state”.
Rotoscoped dreams, non-functional switches, old man on a pole, monkey/critic, in motion poets, people that just pass by, excited novelists, characters from Linklater’s previous…
“On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion”.
For those of you who thought Inception was trippy, you are up for better.
Rating – √√√√√ – one of the greatest dreams.
Cinematography by R Linklater and Tommy Pallotta