Joe McGovern
November 23, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Paprika

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/25/07
performer
Toru Furuya, Megumi Hayashibara
director
Satoshi Kon
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Satoshi Kon, Seishi Minakami
genre
Animation

We gave it a B+

Paprika is sure to be a midnight-movie perennial; this jazzy anime entry adds a few new colors to the dream-invasion genre. Director Satoshi Kon’s plotting is abstruse (something about a stolen gizmo called the DC-Mini?), but his visuals are clean and sunny, most of all in the film’s recurring hallucination: a jingly parade of sashaying refrigerators, geisha dolls, and horn-tooting frogs that’s both trance-inducing and terrifying. EXTRAS Kon’s commentary extols the influence of Slaughterhouse-Five and explains the opening nightmare’s circus setting: ”It’s so cheerful that it’s almost psychotic.” B+

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