The Dreamcatcher Paradox is a Canadian-American 1988 animated science fiction film written & directed by Victor Yearts. The film follows a young woman who discovers a set of equipment thrown out by the US military that can allow her to explore people's dreams.
In a small, crowded apartment, we are introduced to a a young woman, Eve, a raccoon who while unemployed, is rather skilled in computing. Her bedroom is mainly populated with computers and sketches for what is a computer game, most of her days are spent in her bedroom, working on her game, listening to Kraftwerk and watching laserdiscs.
One day, she gets a phonecall, it's from her boyfriend Markus, who has been on a trip in Europe for a few months now, he is finally coming back tomorrow, and is excited to see Eve again. Eve wants to get a present for him, so she heads off to her local thrift store to get something he may like.
While browsing, she encounters a pair of abstract looking computer equipment and gathers some interest, she asks for the price of the equipment, and it's price is about all the money she has with her, after some thinking, she buys the equipment.
Back at home, she examines the parts, she connects it to her main computer, it's installed with an operating system she's never seen before. After imputing some commands, a radio antenna suddenly emerges from the computer, with the computer screen asking for headphones to be imputed. Before anything else can happen, she hears a knock at the door.
It's Markus, they share a hug and she greets him in. He talks about his time in Europe and then takes note of some records he sees on a shelf, he takes a look at them, and is confused by the amount of film soundtracks Eve has, she points out they're laserdiscs. She turns on one of them and they watch it together. Later in the night, Eve awakes in the middle of the night, she makes way to her bedroom to go to check back on the computer she got in the thrift shop, she does everything that happened before knocked.
When the headphone prompt comes up, she grabs a pair and plugs them in, she puts them on and immediately starts to convulse, after which she experiences a bunch of trippy colorful images until she finds herself in a tall skyscraper, shortly after she finds someone who looks like her neighbor breaking into it, before anything else can happen, she is abruptly brought back to her bedroom, being shaken by Markus, who says she was convulsing heavily and had a bad nosebleed, which she notices. She has no idea what has happened.
The next morning, while entering her apartment from a trip out, she encounters her neighbor, who takes the time to tell her about their dream, it's about the same as what Eve experienced the other night. She enters her apartment, no one seems to be home. She enters her bedroom, the dream computer is still there.
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