I Dream Too Much
with director Katie Cokinos and producer Richard Linklater
After speeding through college, Dora finds herself back at home, unemployed, and scheming to travel abroad with a friend. When financial reality and her distressingly practical mother keep Dora grounded in frigid New Jersey, her only option is to take the Law School Aptitude Test and resign herself to several more years of mind-numbing studies.
Opportunity knocks when Dora’s great aunt Vera (played luminously by Diane Ladd) breaks her foot, and Dora seizes upon the misfortune as an excuse to step out from under her mother’s thumb, and take on the role of Vera’s caregiver. The wealthy widow of a famed journalist and author, Vera has lived independently and in semi-seclusion for decades. Displeased to require caregiving of any sort, she is anything but gracious to Dora. Dora escapes into Vera’s journals, which she discovers hidden away in a closet, and dreams up a way to transform both their lives.
The film has a quiet emotional impact … much of it due to Ladd’s nuanced performance that invests her potentially stereotypical character with a surprising complexity.
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
Directed by Katie Cokinos
Written by Katie Cokinos
Cinematography by Alex Rappoport
Editing by Alex Rappoport
Music by Heidi Rodewald
Cast: Danielle Brooks, Diane Ladd, James McCaffrey, Eden Brolin