Wednesday, June 03, 2015

"I'll See You in My Dreams": Maybe life begins at 70, even without becoming a cougar


“I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2015), directed by Brett Haley and written with Marc Basch, from Sundance, has gotten well promoted in indie theaters this week.  It does “feel good”, to give an aging widowed former singer and teacher another shot at a second life.
  
As the movie opens, Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) has to deal with putting down her beloved Shepard. Back home, in an average San Fernando Valley home, a mouse sometimes appears, and a new young guy cleaning pools, Lloyd (Martin Starr), himself an “amateur” poet and karaoke singer, gives her company.  But before she has a chance to play cougar (this film is quieter than “10 Rules” (April 24, 2014)), her contemporaries at the bridge club in a nearby retirement home get her to try speed dating. 
  
That leads to a possible romance with a retired yachtsman, Bill (Sam Elliott), but Bill may not have long, either.
  
The “speed dating” scene, while early, rather sets the culture of the film.  While I was in Minneapolis, a young man in a table reading group had a screenplay called “I Hate Speed Dating” back in 2003.   This material sounds a little familiar.  Maybe I could have come across it with “Project Greenlight”.  IFPMSP sponsored a lot of table readings (some at the Jungle Theater on Lyndale) when I lived in the Twin Cities.

Toward the end, her daughter (Malin Akerman) appears, and we learn just how long Carol has been "alone". June Squibb stands out as a friend from the retirement home.  
  
I saw the film at the Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax Va, before a small weeknight audience.
  
  
The official site is here (Bleecker Street films --- Le Poisson Rogue is on that street).
  
I do see certain people whom I like in my own dreams. No, I won't tell. 
Picture: From the Angelino Hotel on the 405, my visit, 2012. 

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