I'll See You in My Dreams

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6.71 h 36 min2015PG-13
When Carol (Blythe Danner) seeks out new experiences with the help of friends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place), she unexpectedly finds romance (Sam Elliot).
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Brett Haley
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Blythe DannerMartin StarrJune Squibb
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Rhea PerlmanMary Kay PlaceMalin AkermanSam Elliott
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Rebecca GreenLaura D. SmithBrett Haley
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2016
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I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS [2015] [Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD]
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I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS [2015] [Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD] Blythe Danner Shines in a Poignantly Funny Romance! Blythe Danner is a Revelation!

Carol Petersen [Blythe Danner] finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure — her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two — have lost their lustre. With the help of her three quirky girlfriends Georgina [June Squibb], Sally [Rhea Perlman], and Rona [Mary Kay Place], so Carol Petersen decides to seek out new experiences, only to find love in places she least expected. Also starring Sam Elliot and Martin Starr. ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ is a touching and thoughtful film that the Associated Press calls "elegant, funny and entirely engaging!"

An instant audience favourite at its 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere, ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ delighted critics and viewers across America, inspiring the LA Times to call it "that rarest of Sundance dramas ... starring a luminous Blythe Danner," while Vanity Fair noted that "Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott have a natural, sexy rapport."

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival: Nominated: Best American Independent Feature Film for Brett Haley. 2015 Gotham Awards: Nominated: Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress for Blythe Danner. 2015 Satellite Awards: Nominated: Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Blythe Danner. 2016 AARP Movies for Grownups Awards: Nominated: Best Actress for Blythe Danner. Nominated: Best Grownup Love Story for Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot. 2016 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards: Nominated: Best Actress for Blythe Danner. Nominated: Best Original Song for Keegan DeWitt for Song: "I'll See You in My Dreams." 2016 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Nominated: Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Under 5 Million Dollars for Natalie Cervelli.

Cast: Blythe Danner, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Aarti Mann, Martin Starr, Mark Adair-Rios, Ashley Spillers, Sam Elliott, Caroline Lagerfelt, Max Gail, Arthur Roberts, Harold Cannon-Lopez, Vic Polizos, Michael Yama, Kevin Wheatley, Shoniqua Shandai, Reid Scott, Malin Akerman, Jocelyn Ayanna, Linda Lee McBride, Patricia Belcher, Brownie (Hazel the Dog), Oscar (Beenie the Dog), John Beasley (uncredited), Bruce Cole-Edwards (uncredited), Justin Curtis (uncredited), Youlanda Davis (uncredited), Tessa Germaine (uncredited), Scott Golden (uncredited), Brendan Haley (uncredited), Brett Haley (uncredited), Kristen Huffman (uncredited), David Jankowski (uncredited), Carol Kline (uncredited), Aaron Kuban (uncredited), Lillian Lam (uncredited), Jordan Lawson (uncredited), Bruce Loveland (uncredited), Dan Mandel (uncredited), Jo Mani (uncredited), Sandy Mansson (uncredited), Jennifer Monce (uncredited), Manuel Pelaez (uncredited), Christian Prentice (uncredited), Jordan James Reyes (uncredited), Madison Rose (uncredited), Robin S. Roth (uncredited), Chuck Saale (uncredited), Maria Tomas (uncredited) and Seth Wayne (uncredited)

Director: Brett Haley

Producers: Adam Trahan, Bill Wallwork, Brett Haley, Ching L. McBride, Dallas Anthony, David L. McBride, Ele Bardha, Eliza Kennedy, Erik Rommesmo, Foster Chiang, Frank Gibson, Jan Miller Corran, Jason Kanjiro Howard, Jeff Rice, Jeff Schlossman, Joshua Ferris, Justin R. Williams, Laura D. Smith-Ireland, Lisa McBride, Mary Katherine Crosland, Matthew Lamothe, Patrick Millsaps, Rebecca Green and Wade Ellis

Screenplay: Brett Haley and Marc Basch

Composer: Keegan DeWitt

Cinematography: Rob C. Givens (Director of Photography)

Image Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Running Time: 96 minutes

Region: Blu-ray: All Regions and DVD: NTSC

Number of discs: 2

Studio: Universal Pictures

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: In the film ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ [2015] Carol Peterson [Blythe Danner] has been widowed for 20 years, having lost her husband in a plane crash in 1994. Carol Peterson raised her daughter Katherine Petersen [Malin Akerman] alone, and now she has lost the only surviving piece of her old life, her dog Hazel. One would think that deep loneliness and sadness would be the most common reaction, but her own lack of sadness disturbs even Carol Peterson. Carol Peterson has her friends Georgina [June Squibb], Sally [Rhea Perlman] and Rona [Mary Kay Place], but there just doesn’t seem to be much zest in her dealings with them anymore. Carol Peterson goes through the motions, but the heart just isn’t there. Realising that something is missing from her life, Carol Peterson begins an unintended reimagining of her life.

Forming a friendship with the local pool boy Lloyd [Martin Starr], she gains a little bit of her old life back. Going out on platonic dates to the local karaoke bar, the two gain some much needed comfort and perspective from the other. Lloyd is frustrated and young, thinking there is nothing ahead of him in life due to the limited experience that he has had so far. Trying to live in the now, he can’t seem to find any happiness, except in the friendship with Carol Peterson. Carol Peterson, on the other hand, has lived a lot, seen a lot, and just can’t seem to reconcile the fact that there is anything left in life for her to enjoy. Meeting her polar opposite in the form of Bill [Sam Elliot], a retiree with a lust for life, Carol Peterson soon finds out that there is so much more in life, even with the limited time span she has left. Bill is vivacious, full of life and has no desire to waste what time he has left on this earth. Forming a whirlwind romance with Carol Peterson, he teaches the retired school teacher/singer that it’s not the amount of time you have left that counts, it’s all about what you make of that time.

I really enjoyed ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ as it resonated with me in a very personal way. I’ve watched family members live the rest of their ageing lives in a sense of despondency and futility. Thinking that their looming mortality means that there is nothing left for them. They see what they have LOST over the course of the years instead of all things that life has to offer. Carol Peterson fits that mould to a “T” especially at the beginning of the film. Carol Peterson sees her lost husband, her lost dog, her lost youth, and that depressing weight keeps her from enjoying what time she has on earth. This alone becomes too much for her and her spur of the moment friendship with Lloyd sets off a chain reaction that will change her life for the better.

Both the characters of Bill and Lloyd are charming and poignant, each unlocking a piece of her that the other couldn’t. I loved the chemistry that went on between Bill and Carol, as Sam Elliot is enough reason to watch any movie. I don’t care, but if Sam Elliot winks at you and asks you out on a date, then you GO for it! While Bill and Carol Peterson were solid, it was really an enjoyable relationship between her and Lloyd. I fully expected this to be a love triangle with Lloyd falling for the much older woman, but Brett Haley kept the relationship platonic, allowing for the two broken people to heal each other without the unnecessary trappings of a forced romance of the age gap. Lloyd offers her a sort of youthful freedom, while Carol Peterson can impart her own wisdom of trial and error, with both characters drawing support from the other in their own seemingly stalled life.

The film is a very slow burner, with a nice steady progression for Carol Peterson, but the only real flaw that I can take away from this viewing is that I did not want the film to end; it was that fantastic tour-de-force. It almost seemed as if the director didn’t really know how to tie up the ending of the film, and instead he just let it coast on until the end credits. Because we wanted to know of Bill’s fate, as well as Lloyds change in jobs seemed and what his future held for him, especially with is relationship with Carol towards 15 minutes towards the end of the film, rather than the actual ending, which left me feeling like there was just something waiting around the corner. It’s not a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination, but the great crescendo never happens, which is ever so slightly disappointing. But what I did like is the songs that were used in the film and they were: “Ones Who Love You,” “Walking on a Dream,” “Trampoline,” “I Think We're Alone Now,” “Shotgun,” “Cry Me a River,” “Groovin',” “Don't Go to Strangers,” “Let's Be Still” and “I'll See You in My Dreams.” But what really moved me to tears is when Carol Petersen [Blythe Danner] sings karaoke in the bar live to the song “Cry Me a River” and it is one of the most emotional thing I have ever seen in a film, especially as Blythe Danner sings it live and also moved the patrons in the bar and I would of liked to of seen Blythe Danner sing another song live. Despite this, again this film is absolutely fantastic and well worth purchasing this Blu-ray disc.

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS MUSIC TRACK LIST

ONES WHO LOVE YOU (Written by Brian Murphy, Alec O'Hanley and Molly Rankin) [Performed by Alvvays]

WALKING ON A DREAM (Written by Nick Littlemore, Jonathan Sloan and Luke Steele)

TRAMPOLINE (Written by Matt Cascella and James Downes) [Performed by Owlbiter]

I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW (Written by Ritchie Cordell)

SHOTGUN (Written by Jeremy Bullock) [Performed by Jeremy Bullock]

CRY ME A RIVER (Written by Arthur Hamilton)

GROOVIN’ (Written by Edward Brigati and Felix Cavaliere) [Performed by The Rascals]

DON’T GO TO STRANGERS (Written by Redd Evans, Arthur Kent and David Mann) [Performed by Etta Jones]

LET’S BE STILL (Written by Kenny Hensley, Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, Charity Rose Thielen, Robert Williams and Christopher Zasche) [Performed by The Head and the Heart]

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (Written by Keegan DeWitt) (Produced and Engineered by Logan Matheny at Big Light Studios (Nashville, Tennessee) (Arranged by Eleonore Denig) (Violin: Eleonore Denig / Cello: Cara Fox / Lap Sttel and Upright Bass: Jon Estes) [Performed by Keegan DeWitt]

Blu-ray Image Quality – It’s become a strong pattern recently that most modern films look good to amazing on this 1080p encoded image Blu-ray, as well as a very nice 1.85:1 aspect ratio. ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ has very exceptional detail, strong contrast levels and some amazing colour levels. The fine detail is never in doubt, with every fibre and wrinkle on the aging actors bodies and clothing are always visible, and the while the contrast is pushed to the high end of the spectrum, it never washes out the blacks TOO much. With that being said, I did notice a couple of times where said contrast gave the blacks a slightly washed out hue, but those were mostly at the beginning of the film, while the rest of the film sports deep and inky blacks. Colours are warm and natural, with cheery blues, greens and pastels to fill out the image with a good feel to the film.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track on board sports great fidelity from the centre channel, which carries most of the weight, and features a good balance with the rest of the track but you know what to expect from your average drama in the audio department. The music adds the most activity to the surrounds, and listening to Carol Petersen [Blythe Danner] sings “Cry Me a River” is worth the price of admission alone. There’s a decent amount of ambient activity to keep the surrounds in use the whole film, but the majority of the work is really handled by the centre with some support by the mains mild, but perfectly acceptable for the genre, and even adds some low end weight that’s quite noticeable, especially with the cop car pulling them over, or the trip out on the ocean in Bill’s boat.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Special Feature: A Look Inside ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ [2015] [1080p] [1.85:1] [3:27] Here we get to view a short type of promotional reel with interviews with the cast and crew, discussing their characters and the film's central themes. It was really nice to hear all their views of the actors talking about their characters in the film and especially about being old and their outlook on life in general. I just wish there had been more to this, considering the truly amazing cast. As a bonus you get lots of clips from the film. Contributors included: Blythe Danner [Carol Petersen]; Rhea Perlman [Sally]; Brett Haley [Writer/Director]; Sam Elliott [Bill]; June Squibb [Georgina]; Mary Kay Place [Rona] and Malin Akerman [Katherine Petersen].

Theatrical Trailers: We get to view two Original Theatrical Trailers at the start of the Blu-ray and they are as follows: ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ [2015] [1080p] [2.20:1] [2:30]. ‘Danny Collins’ [2015] [1080p] [2.20:1] [3:02].

Finally, ‘I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS’ is a totally beautiful, rich film, which is also a very sweet and endearing film with a purpose and a total confident in know-how how its approach to complicated and emotional material and one that pulls at the heartstrings at the same time and as an added bonus definitely delivers some good laughs. The characters are all amazing and it's so much fun to go on their journey with them, leaving you wanting to spend more time with each and every one of them. There are no action sequences here or big explosions, but this film proves you don't need any of that to have an excellent film that is as simple as having a conversation with friends and the ones you love. The video and audio presentations are both top notch, however the one extra lacks substance, but video and audio qualities satisfy greatly and I didn’t want the film to end, it is that brilliant. Very Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
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DebraReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic!
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I have watched this movie over and over. It pulls you right in and keeps you there! I love Sam Elliott but had never seen a Blythe Danner movie. They were great together! Funny parts and sad parts! Loved it!
JennieReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie to keep you up all night.
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When I started watching I thought it would be great. I read another review about movie watching and "escapism" especially during the pandemic. The first few scenes was about putting her 14 y/o dog down. Most of us have been there and it's awful. It just went on from there.
Pro: living in a believable home- not some 4 bed/bath interior designed to the hilt.
she was attractive and a good dresser, so was Sam Elliot's character.
Medicinal pot scene was funny.
Con; why is she setting her clock for a 6am alarm? when you have worked a job for 20-30+ years people
are going to tell you that you don't need an alarm to get up.
every time you saw her she had a wine glass in her hand- not every retired person does that
speed dating; I am almost 50ty, depressing to know it doesn't get much better in your late 60's and
70's. Poor dressing, demands/domination, and sex issues are still a problem.
After only a few dates they end up in bed together; granted it is not shown. I would like to think
with age comes experience, and with experience comes wisdom. There is no way I would allow
someone to get that close to me, be in my house, let alone hop in the sack with them without doing
a background check. They are easy enough to do with minimal information. Further I recommend
reading "the sociopath at the breakfast table". It was disappointing to see that, not that senior
people should not get together, but it is bad enough to constantly be bombarded with people
casually hoping in the sack in general TV, cable, and movies.
She had no other hobbies?: Really, no volunteerism, part time job, crafts, hobbies, gardening?
Nothing? That was really disappointing.
I was really looking forward to a good movie, and was incredibly disappointed. There could have been so much more to the story line and there lives. I was up most of the night frustrated as a result of watching this movie.
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nickel platedReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie, But Can’t Anybody Write a Story with a Happy Ending Anymore?
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This was such a charming story, Lloyd the pool guy was sweet. And Bill, oh my goodness, so handsome and tender, what a catch for the leading lady. But, NO! Somebody, (the writer) had to rain on this parade and ruin this sweet story. Why can’t we have happy endings anymore to sweet stories? Why must we have stories of betrayal and violence and gratuitous sex and death and loss and nastiness? Somebody out there must know how to write a happy ending to a story once in awhile. Anybody???

Women of a certain age deserve to be loved, not for a couple days, but for the rest of their lives. And Bill was going to be that man for her, but somebody had to rain on our parade. So we older women are relegated to never finding another partner, is that the message? We’re old, so no longer worthy of happiness and appreciation and tenderness? Getting older is hard enough, having a lousy ending to a sweet story is the kick in the backside none of us needs nor wants. Shame on the writers, producers, and director.
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MobarnReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice movie
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Love Sam Elliot
Mary R.Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you're looking for an uplifting movie, skip this one...
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I struggled with my rating because the movie itself is well done. It's a great cast, but it's really depressing! The movie began with heartache. Then, just when things seem to be looking up for the protagonist, the rug is pulled out from under her. By the credits began to roll, I had tumbled into depression. I'm not saying that all movies need to be sunshine and lollipops, but this movie deserved some joy. And what waste of the talents of Blythe Tanner and especially Sam Elliot.
Harrison H. & Margie SheldReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Valuable Lesson for Seniors
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Spoiler Alert.
Carol (Blythe Danner) is woman of a certain age who lives alone in an upscale residence in Southern California.
She was a teacher and singer, was married to a man killed in an aircraft accident twenty years ago, has a grown daughter who lives in New York, and has led a reclusive life since then, apparently living from her husband’s insurance benefits. One can conclude that she has above average intelligence, and over the intervening 20 years should have made some friends in her professions and availed herself of their support resources, sought companionship, developed a closer relationship to her daughter, and expanded adult interests. These activities would sustain healthy grievance resolution and empathetic character development. She has not pursued them.
Her pet dog becomes terminally ill, and we are privileged to witness his euthanization in the vet’s office.
In the following scenes, we often see her use alcohol, in what some would think excessively for a senior.
One of the recurring weaknesses in this film is its failure to develop character in the supporting cast that contributes to appreciation of the film’s objective. For example, Carol befriends a young pool maintenance man at her residence, goes to a karaoke bar with him, where she drinks, and sings for him. His character is two-dimensional and the actor who plays him does without emotion. One wonders where could this relationship possibly go.
A message on her telephone answering machine from her daughter Katherine advises her of a planned visit. One would expect Carol to have confirmed the visit, but she did not, placing the relationship at risk. When Katherine does visit, in what is just short of a cameo appearance, the opportunity to understand their relationship and nature of their character is lost in a brief conversation.
Carol reluctantly attends a speed-dating episode at the local assisted living residence. The stereotypic depiction of participants is demeaning, and precludes the chance of making a successful date.
At the assisted living facility, she is sought out by Bill (Sam Eliot) a well-to-do retired entrepreneur. He romances her in a low-key fashion. We have no further knowledge of his character. On the third date they have apparently unprotected sexual relations at her home. What STDs he was harboring we could only guess because a man of his stature, wealth and demeanor could attract younger sexually active partners who have an increased occurrence of these easily transmissible diseases.
Subsequently, Bill dies suddenly.
She buys an older rescue dog.
Nowhere in this story does Carol introspectively examine her circumstances. There is not even a hint that she understands that she is responsible for her own happiness and the consequences of her poor decisions. Without character development, empathy for her plight is hard to come by. Character development in this story was generally inadequate, suggesting deficiencies in casting, film direction, and script.
Based on the above analysis, there is much to be learned from this film. It is a story of how not to approach seniority.
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Annie DavenportReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Who's Idea of Romance is THIS??
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I have always been a Blythe Danner fan. She has a certain unique approach to her portraying her characters. This little movie was believable and enjoyable. As an elderly widow myself, I was taking great comfort in this movie as Carol stepped out of her comfort zone, making herself vulnerable to a new prospective mate, Bill. She gracefully managed the sad loss of Hazel, then found a real friendship with her young pool man, Lloyd, who seemed to understand Carol and found an unlikely connection with her.
Then, Carol and Bill enjoy an exciting, sexy, wow-filled night of physical frolicking.
And, POW! Right between the eyes, Bill suddenly dies ending all of Carol's fantasies, and daydreams of perhaps a future new husband! I mean, REALLY!! Who, I ask you WHO in their RIGHT mind kills, I mean permanently DEAD, Mr-Would-You-Please-Do-A-360-Turn-In-Them-Perfectly-Fitting-Denims-For-Me-Sexy-Sam Elliot???? WHO???
The point of a romance is for two people finally finding The Rights, scooting over, adjusting, making room for each other toward a new life filled with wonderful, life altering experiences-TOGETHER!
Not DEAD! the next day after a frolic in the sack! For pity sakes! The ending of this movie took all the fun out of it for me and deflated poor Carol who decided to embrace new possibilities.
Honestly!
So, for those of you looking for a fun little movie, or perhaps a little inspiration and courage - don't bother, you won't find nothing but an indignant gasp here!
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