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Anime master Satoshi Kon tops his acclaimed features Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers with this dizzying, ambitious excursion into the subconscious. The story takes place at a psychiatric lab where a powerful dream machine is used to help clients work through nightmares and resolve their conflicts. When the device is stolen, the heroine--a scientist who enters her patients' REM states as her valiant teenage alter ego, Paprika--and the homicide cop she's been treating are pulled into a deadly, expanding web of dreams and hallucinations woven by the thief in his quest for world domination. The intersections between sleep and waking, memory, cinema, and the Internet lead to a spectacular battle of titans who spring from the mind's darkest recesses. In Japanese with subtitles (2006). R, 90 min. a Century 12 and CineArts 6, Landmark's Century Centre.


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