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Plot: A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.
Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 15 Mar 2015
If you cannot accept the idea that a somewhat eccentric old lady would name a male dog "Hazel," forget this movie. You are too much a literalist to understand anything except the surface story, which won't make sense or be very interesting.Rat: A *thing* or "significant emotional event" that forces a person out of her comfort zone, i.e., the rut she has got into in retirement. Or rather than a "rut," is it her "grove?" Don't think of the rat as merely a black rodent. The rat is that "significant emotional event" that forces the <more>
protagonist to reexamine her life.Home house : Comfort zone.Lloyd the Pool Guy: Youth - Don't think of Lloyd the Pool Guy as a male romantic interest – Lloyd is youth revisited, there to help Carol reexamine her own past and explore her values. Bill Sam Elliott : examination of a second life in old age to try and regain youth – offers consideration of staying active, as opposed to just sitting around watching TV and playing bingo or bridge . Remember, opening scenes are Carol watching TV in bed and playing bridge. Bill is Romance personified. He helps Carol reexamine her feelings and emotions and whether she needs another person in her life. "So What": Miles Davis blues song about fifteen minutes of fame, then you leave the stage and rediscover your grove. Plot: Hazel the dog dies and leaves Carol alone. The rat chases her out of her home. She confronts Lloyd. She meets and dates Bill, who takes her out on his boat "So What." Bill dies. Lloyd sings Carol the title song and disposes of the rat. Carol gets a new dog an old one and, with the rat disposed of, moves back into her old home. Speed Dating session presents an overt look at several objectionable stereotypical male personality types that a woman may face if she opens herself up to the possibility of exploring an autumn romance.The song Lloyd sings at Karaoke night signifies that Carol is all alone with memories of her youth. The song that Carol sings says that she has cried over her lost youth, but youth can cry now because she is happy in her old age. The title song "I'll See You In My Dreams" speaks of seeing youth through dreams of the past; add "- th" to the word "You" throughout the song.When Carol returns to the bar near the end of the movie, Karaoke is not available no second chance and she first orders the new drink she was introduced to the first time at the bar, but then she changes her mind and opts for the old drink she shared with "Youth" Lloyd when examining their relationship in song through karaoke during their earlier visit to the bar.On display on Carol's mantle at the end after she has found her grove again are pictures from her youth, her dead husband's ashes, Hazel's ashes, and one of Bill's cigars, not reduced to ashes. There are many more metaphors. If you look for them, you will find them.Don't feel sorry for Carol. Rather, rejoice in the happy fact that she has reexamined her life think Socrates: "The unexamined life is not worth living" . In the end, Carol has examined her life and decided the route she wants to follow, her groove, is living with an old dog, not a man, and she enjoys watching TV and playing bridge with her friends. Do not be sad if her decision does not mirror yours. Just follow her lead and reexamine your own life, then live it the way you want, regardless of what others think you should do.Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers and Millennials probably will not understand the movie, but people facing retirement who have confronted old Mr. Death will definitely love it if they get the metaphors. Literalists who cannot accept Hazel the dog as a male will be lost from the opening scene.
An honest movie about relationships, age, and state of mind (by steven-leibson)
Carol Peterson, played by Blythe Danner, is a widow in her 60s or early 70s living in Southern California with no one but her dog for close company. Her daughter has moved away; her husband has been gone for 20 years; and she spends most of her time watching TV, playing golf and bridge, and drinking wine. Over a short period, her life livens up considerably and she meets new people, does new things, and moves towards unwrapping the cocoon of age that's been winding about her. That's the plot.This movie isn't as much about plot as it is examining life in our time. When did you stop <more>
looking ahead? When did you start spending too much time reviewing your life? When do you stop forming relationships? How do you continue with your life while enduring the blows life hands you? These are questions we must all deal with at some time or another. I think this movie handles these questions more honestly that most Hollywood films.The movie is very well acted by terrific talent in the form of Danner, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Sam Elliott, and Martin Starr. You should recognize most or all of these names if you watch movies and TV. It's a very, very accomplished cast. Although this movie isn't strictly a comedy, Danner, Squibb, Perlman, and Place all get in their comedy licks like they've been doing it all their lives, which they have.Worth seeing. Opening soon.We saw this movie through the San Jose Camera Cinema Club.
Quietness, Simplicity Love it so much! (by MnesBlue)
Quietness, Simplicity Love it so much! It's different,I'm in 22, but when the movie started I was there! as if in 70 of my age, which I didn't know if I'll reach, I believe that I lived the moment somehow, the most thing I noticed and loved it in this movie is the quietness and Simplicity.. I was smiling in the lots of scenes.-------------------------------- Wonderful Movie Without A Doubt.9/10.
Very detailed and true (by dvdwatchenjoy)
So I'm in my 40s and visit family in their 70s at retirement homes often. Much of this seems very honest. Some details seem so true and well observed. Like the connection Bill and Carol made over "So What." Also the trips taken together and the pets. I've often wished I had writing talent so I could bring this world to life myself. It's a lot like college dorms, except it's the elderly. I loved Bill saying he was social and was living there because he wanted to be near people, but he still liked the stillness on his boat sometimes, and not trying hard to fish... so <more>
much like someone in my own family. But the star was the "pool poet" guy Lloyd. Who doesn't know someone like that? Lost and vulnerable, they either annoy you or endear you, depending on how much soul you have.There were two points that seemed not quite real to me, one was the policeman, he didn't seem to be acting real. I'm not sure if there is some local law about shopping carts but if there is, then it made it unbelievable for the rest of the country. As a child I briefly lived in Socal, and I remember not having a car during that time and my mom and I walked home with a shopping cart full of food a couple of times. We took it back, it struck me as really unbelievable, but who knows what local laws have come up since then.The other not quite real point was that Carol didn't seem unsure how to bring up the boyfriend to her daughter. I realize it was 20 years ago that her husband died, but kids have funny ideas and I think she might have asked her daughter what she thought of her dating first before blurting it out that she was dating someone.A half real point was the way the women talked. It was too "guy" for me. Women are more supportive and when they pick on each other, they are more "fake supportive" in order to deliver barbs. Guy talk is more directly sniping. The dialog was funny, definitely funny, but for realism, you might sit in some cafés or Barnes and nobles when there is a "book club" meeting, and listen in on conversations among women, there's a lot more of the pat on the back stuff going on. Barbs are in the extreme minority. Might not make for such a fun movie though, I admit. Ultimately, I thought the details in the movie were so good, sometimes I wondered if I was watching a Woody Allen movie. I came over here afterward to see what other movies the writers had done and was amazed that the director and writer looks much younger than me. This is a very deep and well done movie, a well observed slice of life. Thank you so much for this film, I rarely enjoy movies this much anymore.
A movie about old age which rings true to me (by lancasterray)
Most of the other reviews of this film which I read were negative. There is no way to tell the age of those reviewers, but my age is 68. I like this movie, which was touching but not maudlin. It's true to life to me. My wife is still living, and I don't have a big enough retirement savings account to buy a boat and a Cadillac. But we are fortunate enough to have our only child in the same city, and our only grandson and very likely the only one there will ever be there also, so we are already ahead of Bill and Carol. But you have to be in old age to appreciate this story. If one of <more>
us dies, what will the other do? Would we consider remarriage? How would you find somebody, if you wanted to? If one of our beloved pets dies, what will we do? Do we want to start with another one, even an older one which might die before we do? Do we go to a retirement facility or keep the too-large house? Old age is generally not exciting, even if you have enough money to eat and buy medicine, and it's little things where you find happiness even if it is TV or golf . This was intentionally a low-key story, which didn't answer any of the questions it raised. We only know tiny tidbits about Carol, but nobody else. Where did Bill come from, other than Dallas? What does Carol's daughter do, and where does she live, and why haven't they seen each other more often? You can draw you own conclusions or just accept this little snippet of Carol's life and move on, as she will, but to what we don't know. It's life, where we come into contact with people but know nothing about them. And nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. If you are lucky enough to have a tomorrow.
Carol Petersen Blythe Danner is a widow of 20 years and a retired singer in a band. She has a simple life and her circle of friends June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place . They want her to move into the retirement community. Her dog dies of old age. She starts a friendship with the new pool guy Lloyd Martin Starr . He's a poet graduate and living with his mother. Bill Sam Elliott is the new love in Carol's life. Her daughter Katherine Malin Akerman comes for a visit.A high June Squibb is hilarious. This is a rather light easy story. Blythe Danner is incredible. She <more>
encompasses every part of this movie. Her internal struggles even before she has them are all very effective. It's a quietly powerful performance.
Blythe Danner is very beautiful, but is there anything else? (by Red-125)
I'll See You in My Dreams 2015 was co-written and directed by Brett Haley. Blythe Danner plays Carol Petersen, a woman who was widowed when she was 52, and appears to have done nothing much since that tragedy occurred. With the insurance, she was able to afford a beautiful home in Southern California, with a swimming pool, and she has a really great dog named Hazel. That's about it, as far as we can tell. She has some women friends with whom she plays bridge and golf, and a daughter in NYC with whom she barely communicates.Because Blythe Danner is so beautiful, we in the audience <more>
want her to be happy, and her friends want her to be happy, but she herself appears ready to just continue on in this same style. Granted, she doesn't hurt anyone, but I don't see any evidence that she goes out of her way to help anyone either. For example, she's a trained teacher, but there's no suggestion that she volunteers to teach needy kids, or immigrants who need to learn English.Finally, she meets two men, and that's where the plot begins. And, that's more or less where the plot ends as well. I admit that I enjoyed the movie, but that was mostly because Danner is a great actor as well as a great beauty. However, when the film was over, and as I thought more about it, I said to myself, "OK--so what?"There are a few scenes set on a yacht that would look better on the large screen, but, otherwise, this film will work well on DVD. I think it's worth watching, as long as you know what you're getting, and as long as you keep your eyes focused on Danner.