Dream a Little Dream
of Me: Haley’s Superb Showcase for Blythe Danner
Long a supporting fixture in a variety of film projects going on five decades, actress Blythe Danner
takes center stage in an endearingly warm turn in I’ll See You in My Dreams, the sophomore film from Brett Haley
. Premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s a familiar narrative enhanced by an adept script that focuses on character nuance rather than cheap laughs, and proves that even the grayest of predictable tropes can still be administered in an emotionally authentic manner.
Discovering that her dog is ill and must be put down, retired schoolteacher and widow of twenty years Carol Petersen
(Danners) is left with a nagging void. She develops an unexpected friendship with Lloyd (Martin Starr
), the new pool cleaner that attempts to help her rid the home of an unwanted rodent. Over several glasses of wine,