Being a teen, a young adult in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s are all phases that one at least has some idea of what to look forward to. Growing old is the only phase in life that you can’t outgrow. Growing old makes one remisnence about days gone by such as people you loved, people who loved you back. Did you life turn out as planned or was it derailed by an unexpected turn of events?
Carol (Blythe Danner) is a creature of habit. She writes down her errands on an erase board as to ensure she doesn’t miss anything. She awakens at 6am, eats breakfast, reads the paper, goes for a walk and plays bridge with her good girlfriends. Normalcy is something she desperately tries to hold onto after the death of her husband, her best furry friend and a not so close relationship with her only daughter. She seems to do this with ease and no interruptions until two very different men come into her life and change everything.
Blythe Danner has been an actor for 50 years and never tackled a female lead onscreen until now. Thank goodness!!! This was a role that only Danner was born to play. How ironic was it that such a prolific role was co-written by Brett Haley (only 29 years old) and Marc Basch. It was a gift from Haley, this complex role for an actress in her 70s when such parts are few and far between. Interestingly enough, 2015 is a year marked by a number of these films for a change. With films like “Grandma” (Lily Tomlin), “45 Years” (Charlotte Rampling) and “The Lady in the Van” (Maggie Smith), among others, populating the cinematic landscape.
“‘ll See You In My Dreams” is a story about love, loss re-awakening in a phase of life one never sees coming. Let me tell you, I was a wreck from the first frame, so be sure to take some tissue with you. You’ll laugh more though…lol.
Sam Elliott is fine and like old ass wine!!! We don’t get to see him onscreen often enough, but when we do it is well worth the wait. Only in a few scenes, he steals them every time!!!
The bridge ladies, all adeptly, easily and comically played by Mary Kay Place, June Squibb and Rhea Perlman, are one of the highlights with the funniest scene being when the ladies make a quick “munchie” trip in the middle of the night.
This film evoked a multitude of emotions for a variety of reasons. Yet the most compelling one is my love of independent film. Indies are not concerned with making the story splashy as much as simply telling the story.
“I’ll See You In My Dreams” began its journey in January at the Sundance Film Festival and looks like it will most likely be making its way to the attention of the Academy Awards. Danner, just this week, was nominated for Best Actress by 2015 Gotham Awards. And so it begins…