Sony Pictures Classics
Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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 an A-

Fantasy leaks into reality, and an ominous, futuristic machine called the ”DC Mini” lets one psychiatric institution’s star researcher enter the dreams of her patients, where she takes the guise of the redheaded sprite who gives the intricate, adult anime Paprika its title: We’re in the territory of Japanese virtuoso Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers). Kon mixes visual beauty with disorienting perspectives for a cautionary tale about machine-influenced soullessness and the persistent Japanese popular love of the cute. A-

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