Waking Life


After losing his way with big-budget flop The Newton Boys, indie dude Richard Linklater returned to his roots with two films in 2001: Tape and this animated curio.

Like his debut Slacker, it tracks a nameless narrator (Wiley Wiggins) as he listens in on various high-falutin' strangers. From here it's all talk. But it's smart talk, and Linklater's decision to animate over live action - aka "rotoscoping" - lends the amblings an expressive, dreamlike quality.

Perhaps it's an experiment rather than a fully formed piece, but it's a clever, innovative and largely engaging one.

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