With oneiric (dreamlike), we mean everything belonging or relating to dreams. In psychology, for example, Freud argues that all dreams (the oneiric) represents a repressed desire of the subject. Not surprisingly, being a complex issue, many directors have been explored. That is why we introduce the five best oneiric films that delve the complexity of the mind.
1. Inception (2010): Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring by Leonardo DiCaprio, explores how to implement an idea in someone’s mind through their dreams, by passing it as their own.
2. Waking Life 2001): Richard Linklater is responsible for this film, which is innovative by using a technique called rotoscoping that makes it seem that the film is animated. The plot explores the idea of philosopher George Santayana: Sanity is a madness that is used for good; waking life is a controlled dream.
3. Mulholland Drive (2001): Considered a psychological thriller, David Lynch surprises us with this complex film that earned him the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. The theme (there are various interpretations) argues that all history has been a dream caused by fear of the protagonist.
4. The Science of Sleep (The Science of Sleep, 2006): Starring by Gael García Bernal, the film mixes stop motion with traditional filming. Set in Paris, the story is about how the main character takes refuge in a oneiric world, much in the style of renowned director, and with the surreal touch of Michel Gondry.
5. What Dreams May Come (1998): Despite being the most commercial film of this Top 5, this film examines more than any other the oneiric world. Directed by Vincent Ward (based on the novel by Richard Matheson) and Oscar winner for best visual effects, the film is built on fantasy and concerns about what is behind the death.
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