Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming theatrical poster

Lucid Dreaming is a 1999 Lovian independent film by actor and film maker Jonathan Frum. Frum has written, directed and funded the production of this motion pictur. Lucid Dreaming has the same surrealist and uncomfortable feel as Hotel Portugal and explores the boundaries of reality, possibility and the dangers of wishful thinking. The movie was a moderate success in theaters. It got a lot of attention upon release and is considered to be the number one Lovian cult movie.

Synopsis Edit

Lucid Dreaming is about George Higgins, a successful man in his thirties who one day enters a lucid dream-like state from which he cannot seem to wake up. He initially observes all that happens in his dream, but later on he actively participates in the stories he believes to be making up. Then he starts to lose control of what happens in his dream world and finds himself confronted with the endless power of his imagination. Ultimately Higgins has to choose between being enslaved by his own dreams or being freed, but having to live without his aspirations from the past. He makes the "wrong" decision by staying in the dream world and he loses his entire personality, leaving nothing but hollow desires. When he has to wake up in the end, contrary to what he wished, he commits suicide stating that "he will finally be asleep forever".

The movie explores the philosophical meaning of concepts like reality, free will, the relationship of the subject with others and the ultimate meaning of life. Along the way the film touches on other topics including existentialism, situationist politics, posthumanity, and lucid dreaming itself. Lucid Dreaming is very critical of contemporary society in which desires are too often treated as more important than human dignity and creativity.

Characters Edit

The movie mainly focuses on the character George Higgins, a succesful businessman in his thirties. Higgins is a typical self-made man who is an associate in a huge financial corporation. Because of his many business trips and multiple affairs, he doesn't see his family much. When Higgins finds himself in his dream world, he at first rejects it and hopes to wake up soon. He is however trapped and over time learns to use the power of his imagination to control the things around him. He creates himself a 'perfect' life. His real-life aspirations are all encompassed in his dream and he ultimately prefers this dream over his real life. Higgins is completely devoured by his dreams and commits suicide, not being able to deal with reality anymore.

At first, most viewers find Higgins a distant and immoral person but as the story continues one gets to feel sympathies for the man; who after all doesn't dream? In the end, we see how Higgins suffers from his wishes and by extend we can say the same about ourselves. Higgins can be interpreted as a metaphor for humanity being enslaved and ultimately destroyed by its own desires.

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