A young man remains in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life.
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A far sketchier rotoscoping effort than the meticulous 'A Scanner Darkly' follow-up, and all the better for it. The rough around the edges charm of this philosophical voyage is a 'Desert Island Discs' cinematic equivalent.
It's heavy handed and it will require multiple viewings to really grasp the core of Linklater's work, but Waking Life's concept and execution are absolutely brilliant, showcasing yet again that cinema isn't what it must be… it can be whatever the filmmaker dreams. And it will find its audience.
bla bla bla, again and again, bla bla bla. What's about the "cool directors"? Linklater, Labute, Wes Anderson, etc. etc., What's about them? And this film? Is it because of the technical accomplishment? Is that enough? I don't like neither its directing, neither its supposed aura. And even less of its existentialist claim.
Fully delightful and the perfect subject for experimentation with the animation style. The Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy bit was such a nice way to revisit those characters and while the other monologues may be hit or miss they're still engaging and intelligent.
this is one of a kind movie, a brilliant piece of cinema by the brilliant richard linklater, visually exhilarating and philosophically flabbergasting, this feels contemplative but cheerful at the same time, an extravagantly inventive film, brilliant !
I think this is the one film I may have seen more often than any other. It has a meditative quality that I can engage with either actively or passively. I find myself turning to this film any time that I am need of contemplation and peace.