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"Dream Scenario" is a film directed by Norwegian filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli, known for exploring themes of envy, fame, marketing, and reversals of fortune. It draws comparisons to Charlie Kaufman's high-concept style. 

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Cast and Premiere  The film stars Nicolas Cage and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, making it notable for Cage's involvement amid an ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. 

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Plot Synopsis  Cage plays Paul Matthews, a tenured college ethology professor seeking recognition. His life takes a surreal turn when people claim to dream about him after an encounter with an old flame. 

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Monetization and Dreams  A branding agency led by Trent (Michael Cera) aims to monetize Paul's newfound fame through endorsement deals and movie rights. Paul, however, focuses on writing a book. 

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Dream Technology  Another company develops a wristband allowing wearers to appear in others' dreams, leading to humorous consequences. 

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Dream Sequences  The film effectively uses dream sequences, incorporating horror tropes for comedic effect. 

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Consequences of  Fame  As Paul becomes physically violent in people's dreams, he faces consequences, including losing his job and home. 

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Critique of Cancel Culture  The film touches on cancel culture, but some argue it may oversimplify the concept, as Paul faces consequences for actions in dreams he cannot control. 

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Nicolas Cage's Performance Nicolas Cage delivers a dialed-down performance as Paul, making his dream sequences all the more humorous. 

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Conclusion Despite some muddled messaging, "Dream Scenario" is an entertaining film that establishes Kristoffer Borgli as a promising talent in filmmaking.