How ‘Waking Life’ Perfectly Captures Richard Linklater at His Best

Movies allow us to live vicariously through others, act as voyeurs and witness things we’d never see in real life.

Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life” lets us eavesdrop on great conversation and live in the mindscape of someone’s dreams.

Linklater’s 2001 film is a sublime, one-of-a-kind experience. Here’s an animated film that was created by computer artists, drawing over every frame of this traditionally shot work, except each sequence bears a different visual approach, as every artist applied a different style for each scene. The result is better seen than described, as the only word that exists in the English language to describe how this appears is “trippy.”

In the opening scene, a little girl (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s...

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