I Dream Too Much
The Austin Film Society showed a screening of I Dream Too Much last night at the AFS Cinema. You know how much I love a film that is just about everyday life with several personalities attached at the helm. Well, this coming-of-age film has just that. The lead character, Dora, is played believably and seamlessly by Eden Brolin. If the name Brolin stands out, that's because she is the daughter of Josh Brolin and Alice Adair so her acting chops comes from a long bloodline.
This film is the feature debut for director Katie Cokinos and Richard Linklater's first time as an executive producer. It's easy to see why Linklater believed in this film. Linklater has been friends with Cokinos for over 25 years and in the Q&A last night, it felt like their bond was like siblings. Cokinos is from Beaumont, Texas and was the Managing Director of the Austin Film Society from 1990-1995.
In I Dream Too Much, Dora (Eden Brolin) is depressed. She's just graduated college and she doesn't know what to do with her life. While her friends are off traveling the world, she feels stuck at home. When her Great Aunt Vera (played by three time Academy Award nominee Diane Ladd) becomes disabled, she heads to her place for the winter season. When she arrives, she ends up making several friends, including Abbey (Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks). Even though her authoritative mother wants her to go to law school and pushes her to continuing study for the LSAT, Dora loves poetry even though she struggles in her writing.
One day, Dora starts going through Aunt Vera's things and comes across a hat box filled with poems that Vera had written years before. Dora is inspired, but when Vera finds out, she's furious.
I Dream Too Much is heartfelt and shows three different generations of women and their complications. Just because there are a couple of decades between each of them, it's interesting to see that their problems are similar even when you have to muddle through the crap of life. You experience what Dora and Aunt Vera learn from each other, especially not giving up on their dreams. It's got a pleasant message and it's always nice to watch the talent of Diane Ladd on the silver screen.
You can watch it now on iTunes and OnDemand.
Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale
A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now
B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places
C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it
D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.
F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever