Notably, Isenberg observes that consequences of this fly-by-night mode of production, like discontinuities in mise-en-scene and mismatched editing, often lent the film an oneiric
quality that reinforced the brutality and fatalism of the story.
Yet in spite of its decidedly oneiric
quality, the scene presents the two characters in a direct, straightforward manner.
Within the context of the cathedral (and with William Blake's spiralling staircase in mind), the precedent here is clearly Jacob's Ladder, that oneiric
conduit between Earth and Heaven.
With Open Your Eyes(1997), Amenabar surpassed the always difficult challenge that can be a second film, it was a hypnotic and oneiric
thriller starring Penelope Cruz, Eduardo Noriega and Najwa Nimri that would amaze Tom Cruise.
Dreams (musings, oneiric
visions) combine with (real) life in order to accomplish the (ideal) dreams.
As the play unfolds, the absurd and the oneiric
heighten the "almost surrealist nature of this work," as Fau puts it in the bonus interview.
precarious but plausible equilibrium, oneiric
yet pregnant with meaning.
McGuckian typically uses elaborate, complex images and situates her characters in situations both oneiric
and, sometimes, straightforward.
The British surrealists' fixations on religion and class come across strongly, and the tension between oneiric
fantasia and rationalistic abstraction --in some ways the motor of British surrealist painting--is kept in view throughout.
Art should be irrational, oneiric
Among specific topics are the setting for enchantment, theological grace and sublime grace, ecstatic visions, canons of the aura, places of apparition, flight and the wave, silences of the cloister and the garden, elegance and delicateness, loveliness and resplendence, the oneiric
and the marvelous, and the mourning of art in the modern age.
On one level we have the story of an abused child struggling to find a way out--but Jackson finds an oneiric
intensity in this famiiiar narrative, which he portrays not a progressive series of self-realizations but a series of advances and retreats, dislocations, erasures.