Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)



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This drama takes place in Somerset, England in 1958. Eva is a twenty-year-old woman who fantasizes about travel, painting, classic books, and the attention of Joseph Lees, her second cousin, with whom she fell in love as a girl. Joseph, whom she has not seen for four years, is the only member of the family who has managed to get away from the stale domestic cycle. He has recently been injured in a truck accident and Eva imagines herself curing his wounds. She conceals her obsession from everyone except her sister, the precocious Janie, who is twelve years old. Reality is far away from Eva's dreams. Her artistic endeavors are confined to a local drawing class; she works for a meager salary at a dirty sawmill and the only male around to appreciate her female charm is the local pig farmer, Harry Flyte. Harry's sister Maria is anxious to marry off her brother so that she can be free to do as she pleases. Eva moves in with Harry, but when she meets Joseph at a family gathering, the old flame is rekindled. However, Harry is not so easy to get rid of. Dreaming of Joseph Lees is a family drama and the first feature of Eric Styles. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi
R (adult situations)
Drama , Romance
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Rupert Graves
as Joseph Lees
Lee Ross
as Harry
Miriam Margolyes
as Signora Caldoni
Felix Billson
as Robert
Frank Finlay
as Father
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Italian Doctor
Holly Aird
as Maria
Margaret John
as Aunt Margaret
Richie Tonge
as Nude Model
Harry Selby
as First Boxer
Juan Thomas
as Referee
Emma Cunniffe
as Red-Haired Girl
Sian James
as Singer
Dyfan Jones
as Double Bass Player
Doug Davidson
as Saxophone Player
Terry Quayle
as Trombonist
Don Elliott
as Trumpet Player
Jim Caine
as Pianist
Peter Gardner
as Guitarist
Ken Ingham
as Drummer
Anthony Hannan
as Wedding Guest
Julian Symmonds
as Second Boxer
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Critic Reviews for Dreaming of Joseph Lees

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

A beautifully articulated and acutely perceptive work with impeccable, carefully shaded performances.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Beautifully shot and often moving.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

A rather run-of-the-mill costume drama.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005

Unbelievably boring.

March 26, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The strength of the film was not in its logic, but in Samantha Morton's performance as Eva.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

For a film about romantic obsession, Joseph Lees barely delves into the heroine's psychological state

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Dreaming of Joseph Lees


Well-acted, depressing film about incestuous relationships, mental illness, and messed-up family life.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

[font=Lucida Sans Unicode]This is a very dark movie. All the characters are self-absored with their own precieved tragic lives. The DP is intersting, great lighting- lovely looks at the English Country Side. Other than that, don't waste your time on this one. I turned it off after the mental case, Harry shoots the dogs. Stink[/font]

Sharon Sullivan
Sharon Sullivan

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