Waking Life


This surreal and cerebral animated wonder from acclaimed director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Midnight) explores the fascinating question: Are we sleep-walking through our waking life or wake-walking through our dreams? “It’s about life and how you perceive it …” So declares Wiley Wiggins (the protagonist in Linklater’s Dazed and Confused) at the opening of Waking Life, for which Linklater utilized the then-new method of rotoscoping animation. The result is a fever of brightly hued, rippling, and fluidly dreamlike images as companion to the film’s philosophical musings – a truly living and breathing work of art. As Wiggins roams the streets searching for answers to life’s most important questions, the unusual characters he encounters cause him to question whether he is actually asleep or awake, and more importantly, whether the world he’s living in is actually “reality.” Among the cast of more than 50 actors, artists and thinkers offering their unique takes on this “waking life” are Steven Soderbergh, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. A shape-shifting head trip filled with humor, inquiry and insight, Waking Life is one of the most imaginative animated films ever made.