Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Paprika (2006)

Directed by Satoshi Kon

Starring Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Furuya, Kôichi Yamadera, Katsunosuke Hori


Weird-ass movie, a roller coaster acid trip of dreams. Evokes Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine, Strange Days, Inception with its dreams-in-dreams confusion, and maybe also Matrix.

Animation and music are great. Not sure if the weird dialogue is a byproduct of bad translations, but there are weird word choices, no dramatic pauses, no emotional beats. Everything that is said is purely functional, almost robotic. Emotions seem repressed, and when they come out, they are expressed coldly and awkwardly. Is this how Japanese people really talk and act? Or is this an anime tradition?

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