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Coming-of-age drama starring Agnes Bruckner as a selfless teenager who falls for her best friend's boyfriend. Ever since her mother died, 18-year-old Audrey (Bruckner) has dedicated her life to caring for her grieving father, Henry (John Corbett). Living in the remote New Mexico desert, Audrey passes her time in the company of her best friend, Calista (Garner). In the summer following her high-school graduation, a couple named Mary (Gina Gershon) and Herb (Chris Mulkey) move into her neighbourhood, along with Mookie (Justin Long), their handsome teenage son. Audrey sees the arrival of Mookie as a chance to bring some romance into the life of her friend Calista. But after setting the pair up on a date and getting to know her new neighbour a little better, the young matchmaker soon begins to develop feelings for her friend's new boyfriend.
A haunting soundtrack, simple but moving storyline, some pretty good acting, atmospheric and beautifully shot scenery, a couple of easy on the eye girls and a touch of humour, make a very compelling film. I'd take this over hollywood mass produced, special effects laden nonsense any day. Infact I'd go so far as to say this is one of the best films i've seen this year.
A page of history rather forgotten. On Sept 11th (strange coincidence) 1683, the turks were defeated while they were surrounding Vienna with a view to conquer all Europe. F Murray Abraham is stunning in the role of a monk that gathers the forces. A bad point on the special effects which are too obvious and too many.
This film is touted as being low budget and short in length. However the fact is that only had one small theme and was trying to be too artsy.
To down and out youths Megan (Jackie Kreisler) and Dylan (Shane Elliott) are on their way to visit foster relatives and a possible job. Everything is plodding along fairly normal until they stop off at an eatery near area 51. Then things turn bazaar for Megan as she needs many strange characters including Rachel; but why Rachel?
Being a short film I'm hesitant about going into details more than to say that several times this was literally a "stay in the car" film. It requires repeated viewing to put everything in place. However I'm not sure it's worth repeated viewing. Actually what little is held together for any, continuity is well acted by Jonathan Breck as Blake, the man behind the counter.
This is an odd sort of film - simplistic yet profound, sad yet somehow uplifting. There's a slight edge of surreality to the whole story, but the characters couldn't be more human. Basically, Dreamland left me feeling a bit odd and slightly out of sorts, but in a good way. It's as if I expected some kind of enlightenment to break through the clouds in the final moments, and the fact that this didn't happen strikes me as somehow profound.
You might recognize the lead actress from the film The Woods, but I've been a fan of Agnes Bruckner ever since I saw her in Rick (another indie film that deserves much more attention than it has received). It's true that I have a thing for redheads, but this young lady can act, and she has the kind of magical persona that only the greatest actresses are born with. Watching her in Dreamland, I saw some real similarities with Angelina Jolie in her facial expressions and the sheer power of her presence. It's an all-too-rare treat to see a great actress at work, and I can only hope that Agnes Bruckner gets the kinds of roles she deserves in the years ahead - she's really something special. Not to be outdone, however, is Kelli Garner, who turns in an impassioned, subtly exquisite performance as Calista, an ethereal beauty who dreams of becoming Miss America even as she lives with the knowledge and fear of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Dreamland, it turns out, is a trailer park out in the middle of the desert. The small number of inhabitants make up a surprisingly strong community, but the deepest bond is between Audrey (Bruckner) and Calista (Garner). It's a really confusing time for Audrey, who has just graduated from high school. Not only does she have her best friend to worry about, she also has to help take care of her father. Henry (played brilliantly by John Corbett) has never gotten over his wife's death. Not only does he spend most of his time drinking, he has not been able to leave the trailer park in over two years. He's emotionally and psychologically unable to take even a few steps outside Dreamland. Audrey is a smart girl who secretly wants to go to college, but she puts her own dreams aside, believing that her father and Calista need her to stay.
Audrey really begins to unravel, though, following the arrival of new neighbors - specifically, Mookie (Justin Long). True friend that she is, she sets Mookie up with Calista, then finds herself tormented by her own love for the guy. Obviously, Audrey's friendship with Calista will be tested by this unfortunate love triangle, setting in motion a series of events that ultimately change the lives of all the main characters.
As an aside, I have to ask why so many of today's young actors (e.g., Justin Long) look like junior versions of David Schwimmer. Isn't one David Schwimmer more than enough for all of us? And Mookie? Unless your character plays centerfield for the New York Mets, why would you call him Mookie? Obviously, I'm no Justin Long fan, but Dreamland really isn't about him, anyway. It's about friendship, love, sacrifice, hopes and dreams, and all of the other things that make us human - and it's truly a wonderful little story. Hollywood doesn't make nearly enough films like this.Read more ›