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Waking Life (2001)

Waking Life (2001)

Waking Life is a thought-provoking film that delves into the realms of dreams and consciousness. Released in 2001, this surrealist animated masterpiece was directed by Richard Linklater. With a stellar cast that includes Wiley Wiggins, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy, the film explores philosophical and existential concepts through a series of nonlinear conversations. Blurring the boundaries between reality and dreams, Waking Life invites viewers to reflect on the nature of existence, free will, and the power of perception. Immerse yourself in these profound musings by watching the film or experience its soundscape by playing and downloading them here.

A friend once told me the worst mistake you can make...
A guy on a computer figures something out and simultaneously...
A long, hard day of work, finally you go home, get in bed, close your eyes.
A lot of us are mapping the mind body relationship of dreams.
A mind that yet is to be.
A novel.
A place to momentarily house all the abstractions.
A systematic questioning of happiness.
A thousand years is an instant. There's nothing new.
A well armed populace is the best defense against tyranny.
About feeling like you observe your life...
About reincarnation, and where all the new souls come from over time.
Actually, the gap between, say, Plato or Nietzsche and the average human...
Actually, there's only one instant, right now. And it's eternity.
Affirmation of freedom so reckless it amounts to a denial of limitation.
Ahoy there, matey! You in for the long haul?
All action basically for survival.
All ashore that's going ashore!
All communication to keep the ant colony buzzing along...
All of life is, No, thank you. No, thank you.
All of you pukes are gonna die the day I get out of this shithole!
All right. Don't miss the boat.
Analog results from molecular biology and cloning.
Anchors aweigh!
And a guy with his T shirt off.
And a second of dream consciousness is infinitely longer than a waking one.
And Bazin is, like, a Christian, so he believes...
And each one, each object, each place...
And he's packing this Econoline van...
And I float down, and as my feet touch the ground...
And I had been a part of that. It was a gift.
And I see there's an Econoline van down there.
And I think, That's not just the smell of vomit.
And it'll determine the course of the rest of your life.
And on romantic evenings of self...
And so much of our experience is intangible.
And so the main character is to this new mind...
And so, the person you appear to be in the dream...
And that old drunken fart of a judge. What a pompous ass!
And that story is singular. But, in fact, it's story after story.
And the manifestations of this neo human evolution...
And the priest says, That's the Book of Acts.
And things are just starting.
And this is my window to the world. Every minute's a different show.
And vomit dribbles down her chin. It smells really bad.
And way down, at the very end of the gas station, they had tire racks...
And we're all saying, 'No, thank you. Not just yet.'
And when we enter into that mode...
And yet, you know, when we communicate with one another...
And, as one realizes...
And, yes, those are dream feet inside your dream shoes.
Another tip off is trying to adjust light levels. You can't.
Are you in the story?
Are you saying reincarnation doesn't exist? Or we're all young souls?
Are you sure?
Art was not the goal, but the occasion and method for locating our rhythm...
As he pulls up he thinks, This is in my book too.
As I almost go through the roof, I'm like, Okay, I believe you.
As intelligence piles on intelligence, ability on ability...
As it proceeds, the input is this new intelligence.
As the pattern gets more intricate, being swept along isn't enough.
As we go through the new evolution...
At the station? You were on the pay phone and you looked at me...
Because if I were to look at you and let you be holy, I would stop talking.
Because if you can do that, you can do anything.
Because remembering is so much more a psychotic activity than forgetting.
Because someday, you won't be able to.
Becoming lucid, you mean knowing you're dreaming?
Before you drift off, don't forget...
Behind the huge difference, there is but one story...
Beware and...
Biological, anthropological, development of cultures...
Bits of rapture. Fleeting emotions.
Build artifacts, solve problems, explore the secrets of the universe.
Built like a brick shithouse. Pulls out a knife, 12 inches long...
But didn't I mention? The ongoing wow is happening right now.
But how did you finally get out of the dream?
But I always have this awful, nagging feeling...
But I think we are in a very significant moment in history.
But I want it to sound rich and almost a little wavy...
But I was, like, He's not really a psychic.
But I'm beginning to think...
But I'm still in it now. I can't get out of it.
But if that's what you're thinking, you should, if you can.
But if you look at details it won't really help...
But in film, you film a specific guy...
But instead of avoiding him, he said, Can I help you?
But it hasn't happened, thank goodness.
But that's beside the point, whether I can dredge up information about...
But the media's function is not to eliminate the evils of the world.
But the question remains. If you think about individuality, who you are...
But then I'm kind of reading it and then writing it.
But what else are you gonna do?
But when it gets really interesting, I think...
But...
Can't we say that about life?
Challenge the corporate slave state!
Cinema, in its essence...
Color outside the lines and off the page! Don't box me in!
Comfort will never be comfortable.
Could we do that again? I know we haven't met...
Creation comes out of imperfection.
Creativity and the dynamic human spirit that refuses to submit!
Cut out the fear and anxiety and just rock 'n' roll.
Cut the vocal cords of every empowered speaker and devalue currency.
Cut your eyelids off.
D.H. Lawrence had this idea of two people meeting...
Death and taxes. Don't talk about politics or religion.
Decisions can seem like charades.
Demonstrate what life is and what it could be.
Depression, strife, riots, murder. All this dread.
Digital and analog. Digital is artificial intelligence.
Do you want the puppet on the right or the puppet on the left?
Doesn't it make sense that death would be wrapped in a dream?
Don't worry about coloring within the lines.
Doubt became our narrative.
Doubt is an exam for our vitality.
Dream is destiny.
Dreaming with our hands and minds.
Drink and the devil...
Driven on by the fact that no matter how empty the world seemed...
Either I'm moving fast, or time is. Never both simultaneously.
Even the characters' names are the same as in the Bible.
Ever since then, I always carry this.
Everybody always...
Everyone gets to the yes in the end, right?
Everything she's saying is right out of his book.
Evolution of the organism begins with evolution through the hominid...
Exactly.
Exactly. So in that six to 12 minutes of brain activity...
Examine the nature of everything you observe.
Exercise your mind fully, knowing it is only an exercise.
Existentialism is often discussed as a philosophy of despair...
Eyesight is a test to see if we can see beyond it.
False awakenings, I used to have those a lot.
Fear...
Feel joy, sorrow, laughter, empathy. Tuck the memory in your travel bag.
For every second I spend in this hellhole...
For it to be over 150 years old, it's only one out of six.
Giacometti was once run down by a car.
Go with the flow. The sea refuses no river.
Haaaa!
Have you got a match?
He comes up and I say, What's the word?
He gets home and thinks:
He had the same name as the chief in his book.
He hands him some money, which he never would've done.
He lays down a burrito, looks at me and says:
He met a woman with the same name as the woman in the book.
He must have been on drugs, on speed or something, because he stood up.
He recalled falling into a lucid faint...
He said when a member of a species is born...
He still had the knife, and blood was just all over his chest.
He stood up and went like that, just moved a little. I'm in shock.
He thinks to himself, I must be insane.
He was really into Gnosticism and the idea that this demon...
He was really into Gnosticism and the idea that this demon...
He went right up between the two pumps, ethyl and regular.
He'd seen what was going on in the Book of Acts.
He's an outsider to the community.
He's got the last two tires in his hands.
He's like, I've never read it.
He's telling his priest how he wrote this book...
Hell, the Greeks 3000 years ago were just as advanced as we are.
Here's your change. Paper or plastic? Credit or debit?
Hey, how's it going?
Hey, it's me. I just got back into town.
Hey, man, I guess you already took off or something.
Hey.
Hit a switch now and then.
Hollywood has taken film and made it a storytelling medium. You take...
Holy, holy, holy moment by moment. But who can live that way?
How we lived created a new situation of exuberance and friendship.
Humankind is too good! We're not underachievers!
Hurry up! Come on, get in the car. Let's go.
I believe that this flawed perfection is sufficient and complete...
I blew him out of the gas station.
I can explore new dimensions of reality.
I can learn to love, and make love, to the paradoxes that bug me.
I can't really remember right now. I can't really recall.
I do not await the future...
I don't agree entirely. Which is to say, I don't exactly disagree.
I don't know if you're able to answer that question.
I don't know what this is.
I don't know, but it's somewhere.
I don't know. I'm not very good at that anymore.
I don't think so.
I don't want a straw, I want real human moments.
I don't want to give that up. I don't want to be an ant, you know?
I feel a little apprehensive.
I fired a round and it hit him, boom, right in the chest.
I get out, ended up getting hit by a car.
I guess I'll hang out with you later or something.
I haven't seen too many around lately.
I heard that Tim Leary said as he was dying...
I just woke from a dream.
I keep thinking about something you said.
I keep thinking I'm waking up, but I'm still in a dream.
I know what you mean. I remember thinking:
I like that. Like there's...
I loved all the people, dealing with all the contradictory impulses.
I may not understand it or agree with it...
I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation...
I mean, it's impossible.
I mean, maybe I only exist in your mind.
I never looked at the world the same way again.
I pull it out...
I rapturously breathe in the odors of life.
I realize I'm in the land of the dead. Everyone around me was dead.
I refuse to take existentialism as just another fashion...
I remember that, but I don't remember that being you.
I said, If you microwave that, poke holes in the plastic...
I think this is the same watch too.
I thought I'd bum a ride, but that's cool.
I understand what you're saying. It's up to me, I'm the dreamer.
I walked in...
I wanna wake up for real. How do you really wake up?