Movies

Browse by Title
Browse by Release Date

Life is a Dream

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1986
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Roch Leibovici, Bénédicte Sire, Laurence Cortadellas, Sylvain Thirolle
Director:Raúl Ruiz
Writer:Raúl Ruiz
Distributor:International Film Circuit

Description: Memoire des Apparences is a highly unconventional, metafictional adaptation of Calderon de la Barca's play Life is a Dream. Director Raul Ruiz combines the 17th-century Spanish drama, about a man raised in a prison who discovers he is his country's rightful prince, with a modern-day story of Chilean political intrigue. During the violent, anti-Allende coup of the early 1970s, literature professor Ignaccio Vega is entrusted with memorizing a list of 15,000 resistance members. He does so, using the Calderon play -- which he had learned as a youth -- as a mnemonic device. Ten years later, he is asked to reconstruct the list. Frustrated at his initial inability to recall the play (and therefore the list), he seeks refuge in a movie theater. The film then proceeds to mix three different levels of reality: Vega's actual life, the films he watches, and the Calderon play he slowly remembers. As the deadline nears, these worlds begin to overlap, and Vega realizes all may not be as it seems. Ruiz juggles realities with his usual aplomb, handling serious political and theoretical subjects with a dry, surrealist wit and mixing a seriousness of purpose with playfully experimental film techniques.~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

Movie summaries and listings powered by Cinema-Source

highlights

Bug Off! 6 Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Which bug bites are dangerous? Learn about 6 diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes, the signs and symptoms, and treatment options if someone in your family gets infected.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages
Looking for some fun outdoor games for your Fourth of July party or barbecue? Check out these awesome group games, from sack races to cornhole, to make your backyard a kid-friendly party spot!

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks