I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015)

BRETT HALEY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2015, , .  Screenplay by , Brett Haley.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Brett Haley, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , Brett Haley.

wakes up to find her dog ill beyond saving and has to put it down, plunging her into a loneliness that brings back the pain of her losing her husband many years earlier. Her best friends encourage her to move into their retirement community but she insists on staying on her own despite the fact that she is being bothered by a rat she spotted in her kitchen. She strikes up a friendship with her pool cleaner (a charming ) but has her head turned when a handsome gentleman (Sam Elliott, still the rough diamond) asks her out on a date. Conversations breeze by and laughs are had with her girlfriends, every scene in this elegant film an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful cast. Even watching Danner and her gal pals (,  and June Squibb) get high and go grocery shopping for jun kfood is an exercise in delight that avoids the kind of eye-winking “Aren’t Old Ladies” cute stereotypes that date back to the Sound of Music nuns stealing a carburetor. The problem is that despite how beautiful everything looks, and how subtly smooth Danner is, the film turns on mild realizations and very little conflict. Growing older and becoming adept at constant change, frequent loss and temporary pleasures is a great subject to explore, but director Brett Haley lets both his character and audience off too easy when it comes to learning these things.

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