Carol is a retired schoolteacher and a longtime widow in her 70s. She enjoys a tranquil routine playing cards with close friends, keeping up her garden, and relaxing with a glass of wine. When her beloved dog dies, there’s a mournful vacuum that draws new experiences and attachments into her world. She forges a friendship with her pool guy and allows a pal to drag her to a speed dating shindig. And then there’s the gravelly-voiced, exuberant gentleman, Bill, who comes out of nowhere.
The authenticity and honesty coursing through every scene of I’ll See You in My Dreams perfectly echoes the point of view of its elderly characters, who have no more time for nonsense or pretension, even in the most awkward or emotional moments. The talented and vibrant supporting cast avoids clichés in favor of nuance and truthfulness. Blythe Danner was made to play Carol, a beautiful, understated woman resigned to existential realities but certainly not ruling out magic. —C.L.
I’ll See You in My Dreams is the sophomore feature film by writer/director Brett Haley. His feature directorial debut, The New Year, screened at film festivals nationwide and was a Critic's Pick in The Village Voice and LA Weekly.
Having grown up in Key West and Pensacola, Florida, Brett graduated with a BFA in film directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He currently resides in Brooklyn.