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Aro Favourite Waking Life


USA 2001, 97 minutes
Dir. Richard Linklater
Rating: [M]
Genres: Cult / Animation, Independent

Topics: Mind-bender, Philosophy.


Aroview: A luminous, visually unique reprise of dir. Linklater’s SLACKER, whereby a lone protagonist (Wiley Wiggins) wanders the streets of Austin, Texas encountering various talking heads and their eccentric (scripted) monologues on reality, existence, dreams and the nature of cinema.

Transforming original video-footage into a quasi-cartoon version (using an army of animators), this also wanders through various graphic-styles with startling results, the translation matching the surrealism of the storyline. Congregating these metaphysical streets with many of the cast-members of his previous films (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delphy, Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt), this may be accused of recycling old material, but for most viewers this will be a challenging new experience.

NZ International Film Festival 2002

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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