Within his own very particular yet deliberately unscripted universe, Bokanowski continues to innovate and explore. The sun and dreams have been recurring subjects for Bokanwoski in most of his recent works (Flammes (1998), Le rêve eveillé (2003), Battements solaires (2008), Un rêve (2014)). In A Solar Dream his obsession reaches an ecstatic climax.
Most of the time it is hard to determine what we are actually seeing: a theatre play, a pyrotechnic spectacle, mannequins in stop-motion, ink blots – every film image in this dream diary has been transformed after its shooting. Forms are stretched, superimposed, amplified, and transformed. Akin to painting, the images in this film possess the power to reinvent the visible. There is very little dialogue, just a few phrases from Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed. Music (by the director’s lifelong partner Michèle Bokanowski) plays a decisive role in structuring this mystic battle between light and darkness.