For those of you who have a thing against dolls, appliances moving on their own, and dreams becoming reality, I suggest you avoid this film at all costs! However, if you're up for a very cerebral psychological thriller of sorts, check out Satoshi Kon's Paprika. Released just this past year and based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, Paprika is an experience.
I honestly don't think most will understand just what happened in the first go-around. I know I didn't. (It sure didn't help that there was a couple sitting next to us who decided to make a lot of unnecessary noise throughout the movie...)
In short, Paprika takes the world of dreams and makes it accessible to the world of reality. Like watching a movie in a patient's mind, a device called the "DC Mini" dives in to a person's psyche so a therapist can observe their state of mind. Things go awry when the two worlds start to seamlessly meld into each other bringing chaos. It is Paprika's job to find out just who is the mastermind behind it all before it's too late.
And just who is Paprika? Well, you just have to watch the movie to find out!
With animation by Mad House and Production I.G., I don't think folks will be disappointed. Music is by composer Susumu Hirasawa of Berserk fame. This movie is much darker than, say, Millennium Actress, but perhaps closer in feel to that of Perfect Blue with lots of unexpected twists and turns.
For those local folks who can catch it, a second showing is at 6:15pm on Friday, October 27th at Dole Cannery Theaters. Put your thinking cap on, buckle in, and prepare yourself for one serious mind-trip!