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Dream Scenario

Kristoffer Borgli |USA |2023 |103min
Rating: 14A Cast: Lily Bird, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Jessica Clement, Star Slade, David Klein Closed Captioning Available


January 14:3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:10 pmJanuary 15:5:00 pm, 7:10 pm

In this delirious dark comedy, Nicolas Cage plays Paul, a nondescript professor who, for no reason, starts popping up in other people’s dreams – first his family’s, then his students’ and strangers’ all over the world. Cage’s name, of course, brings to mind his many over-the-top, meme-fuelling roles, and maybe his dramatic triumphs, but this film reminds us of how amusing he is. In a masterfully droll, low-key performance, Cage grounds the film in the reality of this ordinary man living in the suburbs with his wife (Julianne Nicholson) and two teenaged daughters. Paul basks in the viral fame that comes from being a benign, passive presence in the background of everyone’s dreams until he starts turning up in violent nightmares, leaving people as terrified of him in life as if he really were Freddy Krueger. Although you can enjoy Dream Scenario simply as a comic story, the true sign of its ambition and accomplishment is that it operates on many levels beyond that. More trenchantly, it questions what is real and explores how the unconscious influences everyday life. – BBC

“Cage is comedy gold in one of the year’s sharpest comedies yet.”—Hollywood Reporter

“It’s undeniably enjoyable and sharp, a reminder that a great idea can go a long way.”—RogerEbert.com

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