Paprika

Anime master Satoshi Kon tops his acclaimed features Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers with this dizzying, ambitious excursion into the subconscious (2006). 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. R, 90 min.

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