Jul 30, 2010

My Inception Experience

There were compulsions from two sides in making me watch the movie ‘Inception. One was a young blogger friend’s latest blog post about the movie which was written emphasizing its ‘dream element’ and the other was a new house mate’s suggestions regarding the serious talks that the film stimulated among the film critics.

The person in the second case, (let’s call him a mini-encyclopaedia of the world cinema), told me about the curious structural twists the movie possesses. Apart from encouraging me to watch the movie, he also taught me that the film ‘Inception’ belongs to the ‘heist genre’ and it is an example of ‘caper films’. Above all, what temped me the most to watch ‘Inception’ was the fact, that the top three things I admire in my life have the ‘dream element’ in common, viz., Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, Sigmund Freud’s ‘Interpretation of Dreams’ and lastly, the dreams themselves.

I would say 'Inception’ is one of the greatest movies of the world cinema history. I really enjoyed the dream elements and the surprising twists the film had and really its structure that interconnected dreams captivated me. I was ‘boastful’ after watching the film and I said about the film everywhere I have acquaintances. One such a person, who became victim of my suggestion to watch that film, was my film teacher Louis Matthew (who appears in this blog in an earlier post titled Left...Right, Left...Right).

Though busy with some meddlesome schedule, he agreed to watch the film and to comment what he had felt after watching the movie. The next day, I was pulled up from my early morning bed by his phone call, which I attended in half sleep. Attempting to open my partly closed eyes rubbing, I spoke him in half closed husky voice. 

“I saw the film, but it did not surprise me as much as it did you,” he said.

We had a discussion regarding the structural twists of the film and the intertwining of dreams.

Quoting Leonardo DiCaprio, I said, “One has to see the film at least twice to understand its main plots and sub plots”

“The reason for the film not surprising me much is actually another film...,” he explained, “a 1965 made 'The Saragossa Manuscript', which had several layers of multiple sub plots. The film would completely baffle the spectator without clearly telling whether the protagonist is watching dreams or he really is a part of the real happenings”. (Later, I checked what my teacher said in the internet and found a blog post written by American poet Silliman, who described ‘Inception’ as the Spiritual Grandchild of ‘Saragossa Manuscript’.)

After a twenty minutes talk, we stopped the conversation. Then I remembered that I had been dreaming another house mate SK, exactly the moment I was woken up by my teacher’s phone call. SK, who was appearing in one of my earlier blog posts as the victim of my horoscope experiments, had just two days before left for his home town, and to my best knowledge, he would have been back only after a few weeks.

“I understand now that the film ‘Inception’ is true in many aspects, especially where it narrates the cases of shared dreaming and lucid dreaming,” I said my roommate who was staring at me in a ludicrous manner hearing my alien like talk over the phone.

Widening the eye balls, he asked, “What do you mean?”

“While waking up, in the half conscious state I saw a dream, that the man SK, who left for home has today come to our room and asked you something. He was smiling all the time and I am so sure that he was wearing his T-shirt with white and black stripes.”

Watching the staring eye balls of my roommate, I continued in growing enthusiasm, “It was a lucid dream and even the thread of his dress was so clear. I wonder, what it would be called, if a dream takes place at the exact surroundings in which the dreamer sleeps.”

“So, you mean that you dreamt SK in the morning exactly at this room?” my roommate inquired.

“Yes! That’s what I mean! Only creative persons can have such clear dreams,” I claimed.

I saw a hilarious smile sprouting at the corners of his mouth. Slowly, it became a big embarrassing smile.

“Don’t laugh like that. Is there any funny thing happening,” I became irritated.

“Nothing,” he said in between laughing, “the thing that you supposed to have dreamt was happening here exactly the moment you mentioned”


“Yes. Don’t say such idiotic things again. SK came to our room when you were woken up by that phone ring and he left after taking a bag that he placed here. Will you claim again that there happened something creative?”

I was silent and when his jeering reached at its heights, I warned him in a revengeful tone,

“You wait! I am gonna write about this thing in my Vanity Moments!”


  1. sorry no idea about the movie :P

  2. Ours were not so good. Yes Direction is Good.. But could not understand the much of story line..

  3. Interesting - and your own dream too. Great film - I need to see the 1965 film you reference.

  4. @Vandy

    I recommend you to watch this movie..But rmbr to go through some previews and reviews before watching it so that you wouldnt be lost in the interconnecting labyrinth made by dreams..


    Many people (especially students)have told me the same opinion...But I loved it simply because I was already fascinated by the wonderworld of dreams..


    Thanks for ur visit and nice words..I checked your blog. It seems that your blog is becoming a research thesis of the movie..

  5. I am hearing about the Sargossa Manuscript and the connection to Inception for the first time! Thanks for writing about it. It is unfortunate that we cannot see these gems of the movies in India!

  6. Interesting connection with the Sargossa Manuscript. I'll explore that one; never seen any review or mention about that one link before. May be the connection is only in the type of screenplay, I mean the structured manner in which the plot proceeds. Nolan is famous for adapting such rare forms of movie making.

    Whatever, I haven't come across a movie quite like this Tomz, which has garnered critical as well as spectator acclamation. I watched it 4 times already and I was glued on every time I went. Its a modern day masterpiece, a gem from Nolan.

    And well written unique piece of write-up. Effect on real-life? :D

  7. Haven't seenthe movie yet. But your dream( was it one at all) seems to be more interesting:)

  8. Very nice and interesting post. I will definitely watch this movie.
    Wish you a Happy Friendship Day.

  9. @Nona

    I believe there are film societies in many cities of India from where we can see the films like Saragossa Manuscript. As my teacher mentioned, the film is much much complicated with many interconnecting layers and subplots..


    Welcome back to my blog. I have updated this blog with a hyperlink to the blog written by Ron Silliman.
    I am also of your opinion. This is a rare piece of classic in the history of world history. I saw it only once. Want to buy a DVD to watch it in the computer so that I can go back to the first portion of the movie once I reach its end portions so that it will help me to understand its subplots more thoroughly.

    Yeah... as you mentioned. I was under the influence the film for a few days..:)

    @Holy Lama

    Please go and see the film. This is a request. and I am sure, you are going to change your opinion,(that my 'dream' seems to be more interesting) once you watch it..


    Thanks fro watching it :)

    belated Happy Friendship day

  10. D3@r,
    I could not see that film... But I like your own experience... Are you trying to use your blog as a weapon-which would be taken care of your room mates?


  11. :) Finally my blog inspired someone for good :P

  12. @Excentric

    A weapon..? okey..but not against them..but to support them..


    Yeah your blog inspired me..:)

  13. I had a choice between.I hate luv storys and inception and I chose the former, as I had seen last day Shutter Island:)

  14. @Renu.

    Let me take the opportunity to criticise you..:) Yours is the clear case of wrong choice..I would say...:D

    I heard about shutter island..that too a leonardo starrer psychological thriller..Inceptionhas been rated 9.2, whereas SHtter Island gets 8.something..and I hate luv stroies is 6.5


    Thank You for your award

  15. I am a movie addict, so i will see inception also very soon:)

    But I liked I hate love storys also:):):):)

  16. @Renu

    Happy that u decided to see it..

    But you know now I have a copy of Saragossa Manuscript..and watching it piece by piece

  17. I've turned into such a big Nolan fan after Inception that I purchased his most famous art-work: 'Memento'.

    Tomz, if Inception was 'Cerebral', then 'Memento' is ultra-cerebral. Something you must never miss, if you haven't already.

  18. I was not interested in Nolan movies (i saw Batman returns) till I saw Inception..definitely I will collect Memento and will watch it..

    I saw Saragossa Manuscript (I have a copy of it) and I think that too is one such a classic..

  19. Hey,
    This is my first visit here. I came from IndiBlogger HP post.

    Just saw this post about inception. Unlike you I didn't like the movie all that much. Liked his mememto and prestige much better. I hated it so much that I mocked it in my blog :)

    I havent heard of sargossa manuscript. Let me check it out. Thanks.


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