The new film “Dream Scenario” from writer/director Kristoffer Borgli explores a tantalizing premise: what if millions of people around the world started dreaming about one ordinary person, like a small college professor? The film follows Paul, played by Nicolas Cage, who experiences a sudden and overwhelming surge of fame after people begin dreaming about him. As Paul navigates his newfound celebrity status, the film delves into the complexities of modern society’s obsession with fame and the consequences of seeking attention. Blending reality with dreams, humor with horror, and awkwardness with elation, “Dream Scenario” offers a tonal master class.
Borgli’s script and direction maintain an objective perspective on Paul’s journey, which highlights the way society builds up and tears down famous figures. Through Paul’s story, the film explores themes of responsibility, questioning the decision-making and consequences that come with embracing fame. It also raises questions about the nature of dreams, the uncontrollable forces shaping our lives, and the price to pay for sudden success. Alongside Cage’s exceptional performance, Julianne Nicholson adds to the film’s complexity with her portrayal of Janet, Paul’s supportive yet conflicted wife.
“Dream Scenario” is a thought-provoking film that begins with a catchy sci-fi premise but evolves into a meditation on fame, personal identity, and the world we live in. It strikes a delicate balance between entertaining and challenging the audience, making them reflect on their own lives and values. With its layered narrative and ambiguous ending, the film leaves viewers pondering the nature of fame and its impact on individuals and society as a whole. “Dream Scenario” premiered at Fantastic Fest 2023 and will be released worldwide on November 10.