A Tale Of Life’s Journey In The Twilight Years: A Review of “I’ll See you I My Dreams”

Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot  in " I'll See You In My Dreams"
Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot in ” I’ll See You In My Dreams”


By Lacy Darryl Phillips

As one gets older, one tends to say that their life is over. We  forget how to live a full and meaningful life as we age with time. In the wonderfully done film “I’ll See You In My Dreams” it shows that life actually gets better as you get older. There are ups and downs with loss and mistakes, but there are those moments that are precious beyond ones wildest dreams. We can’t have the good without the bad. One can not stop the natural progression of life no more than we can stop the seasons or the sun rising and setting. With age comes knowledge and the understanding of who we are and and what it means to have a life worth living for. Life is a journey that we are all on filled with a great deal of possibilities, what we make of them is up to us and the life we choose to have. These are the lessons  “I’ll see you In My Dreams” teaches.

Carol Peterson (Blythe Danner) is a retired schoolteacher and a longtime widow in her 70s. She Lives alone with her pet dog; spending her retirement years socializing and playing cards with her friends Georgina (June Squibb), (Rhea Perlman), and Rona (Mary Kay Place). She enjoys her tranquil life of keeping up her garden, and relaxing with a glass of wine until her beloved dog gets sick and dies. There is an unbelievable sense of loss and regret that Carol begins to feel as her world is turned upside down. Unwilling to give in she begins a journey of discovery of who she is. Carol cultivate a friendship with Lloyd (Martin Starr), her new pool cleaner and after Sally traumatizes Carol by taking her to a speed dating event she meets a mysterious and elegant stranger by the name of Bill (Sam Elliot) who is both charming and wealthy. Life start to begin anew, but with a lot of unexpected twists and turns.

Blythe Danner is both elegant and sexy in a “I’ll See You In My Dreams”. She breathes wisdom and an complexed emotional spirit into the character she is playing. She possesses a mature sophistication that can only be obtained over time with life experiences and cultivated skill.  Blythe Danner  is a true thespian  of the highest order. With such ease she shows just how beautiful it is be a fine wine; getting better with age. The chemistry she and Sam Elliot have is pure perfection. Both Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot show that your life does not have to end with old age, but it can get excitingly better. With an unbelievable supporting cast this film is one that appeals not only to the mind, but also to the heart.

Director Brett Haley who is also the screenwriter of the film graciously shows what life is like through the eyes of distinguish experienced citizens as they face the twilight of their years. With such care and ease he weaves a compelling story that is both uplifting and heartbreaking.  At the same time lifting the spirit with purely joyful moments of life at its best. Director Brett Haley masterful storytelling makes “I”ll See You In My Dreams” a film truly worth seeing.

“I’ll see you In My Dreams” is a  Kickstarter project which  premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

I’ll See you In My Dreams  92 min

Director: Brett Haley