Dreamlike Movies

I love films with a dream (or nightmare) quality. You know, films where things seem a little off and odd. Films where the images are somewhat surreal at times or just plain bizarre. A few examples of this would be

**The Ring

The Company of Wolves


Anything by Terry Gilliam**

Do you know of any? What films felt to you like a dream?

Waking Life, which was really a movie about dreams in the first place…

Blue Velvet was so dream-like that I’m still not sure I didn’t fall asleep part way through it.

Dark City

City of Lost Children fits the bill.

I saw a really, really great Korean movie the other day called Tale of Two Sisters that was gorgeous and dreamlike. The official website ( http://www.twosisters.co.kr ) brings across the general mood and visual style of the film. (Warning: best viewed with a fast internet connection)

I’ll second Waking Life - when I left the theatre, I felt like I had just arisen from a dream.


Jodie Fosters encounter with the ‘alien’ in Contact

Donnie Darko
If you do not mind reading the dialouge, Fellini’s 8 1/2 is dreamlike and * Tetsuo: The Iron Man* is certainly nightmareish, extremely so

What Deams May Come

My god, that looks awesome! I live out in the middle of nowhere, so I’m not sure that my chances of ever seeing it are very good!!! Oh well, maybe I’ll just have to join netflicks.

Fantastic Planet. The music alone will accomplish this for you.

Orson Well’s brilliant version of Kafka’s “The Trial” (Fans of Terry Gilliams “Brazil” will love it)

David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” is perhaps the closest to dreaming of any movie I have ever seen. Try watching it at night, alone.

Waking Life is another good dream movie; truly delightful.

David Lynch’s Eraserhead.
Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits and Satyricon.
Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad.
Dreyer’s Vampyr.
Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.
Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and The Silence.
Boorman’s Zardoz.
Buñuel’s L’Âge d’or’.
Chris Marker’s La Jetée.
Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books.
Kobayashi’s Kwaidan.

A perfect example is And Now… Ladies and Gentlemen (2002). It’s a romantic thriller, with a bunch of dream sequences and one of the main themes is that love is a dream. One of the most romantic films I’ve seen in a long time, a perfect date movie, since it’s also a heist flick. Watch for this to come out on DVD! French w. English subtitles.

Swimming Pool (2003) It would be a spoiler to explain why.
Always has both dream-like aftelife sequences and waking-dream sequences.

While watching Solaris (2002) in the theater, I kind of felt like I was in a dreamlike state.

A Walk in the Clouds (1995) has a romantic, dreamlike atmosphere, the title is very apt.

The Crow definitely has a nightmarish tone.

I’ll second Donnie Darko ( I really felt weird coming out of the show!) and what Dreams may come, the Crow, Dark City. And anything by Peter Greenaway and Terry Gilliam.

I’ll add Natural Born Killers and most movies directed by Tim Burton, f.i. Beetlejuice, and the Batmanmovie with Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.
And, I’m ashamed to admit, I also felt dreamlike after The Matrix II. Especially the hypnotic scenes in Zion.

I second Dark City.

Also Grave of the Fireflies is dreamlike through much of the movie.

Solaris put me into a coma.

Eyes Wide Shut

Un Chien Andalou.

It’s not available yet, but it will be. I, for one, will have my grubby little hands all over it as soon as I can. Only problem is, it’s a region 3 DVD. D’oh!

I’ll second Donny Darko and La Jetee and add Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (well, anything by Kurosawa, really).

I also want to give a big ‘shout out’ to 28 days later. Very dreamlike movie.