I'll See You in My Dreams


I'll See You in My Dreams

Critics Consensus

I'll See You in My Dreams would be worth watching even if Blythe Danner's central performance was all it had going for it, but this thoughtful drama satisfies on multiple levels.



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In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman). C) Bleecker Street

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Blythe Danner
as Carol Petersen
June Squibb
as Georgina
Malin Akerman
as Katherine Petersen
Aarti Mann
as Dr. DaSilva
Mark Adair-Rios
as Exterminator
Arthur Roberts
as Speed Dater 1
Harold Cannon-Lopez
as Speed Dater 2
Vic Polizos
as Speed Dater 3
Michael Yama
as Speed Dater 4
Kevin Wheatley
as Bartender
Shoniqua Shandai
as Checkout Girl
Reid Scott
as Officer Shumaker
Linda Lee McBride
as Female Bartender
Patricia Belcher
as Shelter Worker
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Audience Reviews for I'll See You in My Dreams

  • Jan 15, 2016
    A patchwork quilt of wish fulfillment and dream for all the single ladies out there, the senior single ladies. Blythe Danner is our ever elegant surrogate in this day trip to Autumn, a wineglass never far from her graceful fingers, and capably aided by friends Mary Kay Place and Rhea Perlman. The highlight: Danner's version of the delectable "Cry Me A River". Like many of the dreams of filmdom though no hair is ever out of place, and even an intrusive rodent seems tame and Disney- fied.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2015
    Beautiful from start to finish, "I'll See You in My Dreams" follows Carol, a middle-aged woman who recently lost her dog, and is still getting over her late husband of 20 years. Following her as she learns to let go of certain aspects of here life and welcome in new people is just an amazing viewing experience. Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott share fantastic chemistry, as does Martin Starr. Essentially, this picture is about learning to let go, let in, and learn about life in general. There are so many hidden messages about life throughout this film, that it will demand multiple viewings. With extremely believable dialogue, superb direction, and brilliant performances, "I'll See You in My Dreams" may be in the tight race for my favourite film of 2015. This is as simple of a premise as you can get, but the maturity level of screenplay is cranked up to eleven, which makes it that much more engaging. To me, this little film is a revelation, I (to put it bluntly), cannot find a single thing to complain about. "I'll See You in My Dreams" is beautiful.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2015
    Blythe Danner gives a real nice performance as the widow in search of some human touch but it is Martin Starr that really shines in this very enjoyable movie. His Lloyd the pool boy is a truly nuanced and heart-felt turn for the comedic actor (as we witnessed in Freaks & Geeks, Party Down and all the Aptow movies). I want to be Sam Elliott. (8--1-15)
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2008
    I absolutely loved I'll See You in My Dreams, which opened the Cleveland International Film Fest in 2015!! It succeeds because of the funny, sweet and stellar ensemble cast. Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) is a widow with a routine. She lives independently, but visits her three friends (Squibb, Perlman, and Place) regularly for card games at their retirement community complex. She mostly keeps to herself, always somewhat in an attitude of mourning. Quite unexpectedly she befriends her much younger pool cleaner, Lloyd, the droll Martin Starr who I've enjoyed since Freaks and Geeks. The title refers to a song that Lloyd shares with Carol. Within days another man, Bill, played by perpetual cowboy Sam Elliott, who is close to Carol's age begins flirting with her. Suddenly Carol has two men vying for her attention, paying her compliments, and encouraging her to really live life. Her friends and her daughter Katherine, played by Malin Akerman rather than her real daughter Gwyneth Paltrow, are a little puzzled by the changes in Carol but ultimately very supportive. There are heart-touching moments of sadness whether you are a retiree or you have a parent who is reaching retirement age and you realize that life doesn't need to end with isolation in what could be thirty more years of living. There are also uproarious laughs with so many comedians in this cast. This indie film was amazingly shot in 18 days and carries an energy and realistic spirit in its simple story that is especially rare.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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