|Released 15 May 2015.|
This film depicts Carol interacting with a trio of friends (Rhea Perlman, June Squibb and Mary Kay Place) as well as her adult daughter, Kath (Malin Akerman).
In between outings, Carol drinks wine poolside in her backyard, thinking about how to structure her day and how to eradicate a roof rat who keeps skittering across the front room of her home.
The tone is quiet and understated with a lilting, poetic quality.
Even though the film's manner is subtle, the audience can tell that Carol is trying to find purpose and companionship in response to the recent loss of her dog and the decades' long loss of her beloved husband.
Carol's friends try to push her to date; however, she's reserved and reticent.
She ends up connecting more organically with a couple of people who cross her path--a twentysomething pool boy (Martin Starr), who shares her love of music and nonconformist views on life; and a gruff but attractive gentleman (Sam Elliott), She bumps into him a few times before they learn each others' names.
While this film might depict some of the common themes of late life, it certainly doesn't address them with glib statements or idealistic outcomes.
Instead, I'll See You in My Dreams provides opportunities for the viewer to mull over the different ways that people can respond to grief, changing roles, shifting relationships, and finding a reason to get out of bed, get dressed, leave the house in order to live in the present.