In my dream I was actually visited by Death. The actual person/ thing called Death. He had a smokey head and hands, like he was made out of mist and he wore a smart suit and a bowler hat, very sophisticated indeed. His voice came from somewhere unknown, since he didn't appear to have a mouth or even a face for that matter.
Anyway, he gave me a horrific choice that I had to make, one way or the other without compromise. I honestly hated them both, but there seemed to be a clearly more noble option. It took me a while to get my head around it all, and I must say that considering that he was Death (and therefore one would think his opinion was of little importance) he had a lot to say and really made me weigh it all up. This process was exhausting and obviously I was pissing Death off with my questions because before I knew it he got all Grim Reaper on my arse and changed into a cranky skeleton wearing a scrappy, hooded, billowing black robe - more tradition attire one would say. Next minute he's dragging the hideous old crones out (the Fates) that seem to have my life force in their hands and a mighty big pair of scissors, and then I'm.... awake!
Sweating like a sinner in church and weeping my eyes out, and actually waking myself up shouting "I'm not ready!" Bloody hell, I don't go to sleep for that shit - I'm blaming it all on the cold and flu tablets that I had before I went to bed, they tripped me right out!
I know that you're dying to know what he asked me to decide on, but I have this theory about repeating bad things, because I believe that words have power, so I'm not going to tell you. But if I should die sometime soon lets just say that maybe there was more to Death's visit than just a fleeting dream!
Release Date: 2001
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 101 mins
Richard Linklater takes us into the odd and unpredictable world of dreams in this exciting animation/live role film that explores not just dreaming, but also about the philosophies of life itself.
Waking Life follows one man through a series of dreams as he attempts to discern the difference between his real life and the fabric of his dreams. As he dreams, he meets various characters that share their own opinions about conscious reality, subconscious reality, life, death and the deeper mysteries that lie within us all.
This movie probes its viewers to think about what their dreams are trying to tell them, it really is a movie for the thinkers, the ponderers and especially the dreamers.
FINAL SAY: Hey, are you a dreamer?
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