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starring "Wiley Wiggins and an ensemble of 74 other actors"
written and directed by Richard Linklater
by Walter Chaw It begins with a child's game that ends with the chilling premonition "Dream is destiny" and closes with what appears to be the fulfillment of that statement. Richard Linklater's Waking Life is an anti-narrative with no discernible story arc: The film's conflict arises between its characters' varying cosmologies and the challenge that that presents to the viewer's own existential verities, such as Descartes's dictum cogito ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am"). Waking Life is one of the most interesting and engaging films of a year that sports its fair share of complex, fascinating fare (Mulholland Drive, Va Savoir).