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Waking Life


Wiley Wiggins, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Ken Webster View All


Richard Linklater (Screenplay), Richard Linklater (Director) View All

Released: Jan. 23rd, 2001
Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Waking Life is about a young man 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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Daniel M
I remember last year when I was in my university accommodation I had this really long lucid dream, it was more like a nightmare, I kept peeling back the layers and trying to get out but I couldn't, and as I kept trying I had to keep reminding myself I was in a dream as you would fall back and forget this, but at the same time I knew exactly where I was in real life and it was like I was stuck there.
It covered the usual questions of "Do we have free will" and "What if life is jsut somebody's dream" and other such fanciful garbage.
I think the film is explained best when the main character goes to a theatre and the film he's watching explains everything I think the film is trying to say.
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