This week, BUFS is pleased to present I’ll See You in my Dreams starring Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb and Martin Starr. Directed by Brett Haley.
Not your traditional Rom Com, I’ll See You in my Dreams ignores conventions and goes for honesty, leaving you laughing and crying in a whole new way. After the death of her dog, widow of 20 years, Carol (Blythe Danner) begins to question her quiet routine life of tending to her garden, visiting her friends at the retirement home for a game of bridge and sipping on one too many glasses of Chardonnay. Her life begins to unravel as the ordinary is shaken up by a series of disorderly events. The first disruption is a rat that continuously torments Carol and sends her flying onto her patio to sleep outside. This little test is where it all starts to unfold. Carol begins two new relationships: one that’s rather unconventional, with Lloyd, her 30 something year old pool cleaner who has also been recruited to help her with the rat problem. The relationship isn’t quite friends but can never really be much more due to his age. They bond over glasses of wine and their cynical feelings towards life, causing a strange thing to happen between them, they both begin to live again. The second relationship is with a potential suitor, Bill, a lively retiree. Sparks of intimacy fly between them, as Bill’s up-front flirting becomes an endearing part of his character.
Carol (Blythe) is absolutely riveting in her role, her vulnerability, wittiness and poignant outlook on life gives us an honest and raw look at what life is like in the later years. Directed and co-written by Brett Haley, I’ll See You in my Dreams is a film about getting the most out of life, at any age.
I’ll See You in my Dreams screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.