Blythe Danner was fine, and so was Sam Elliott, but there is something depressing about, first, her 14-year old dog dying, then (I'm giving everything away here, but you won't go to see this film anyway), then her newly found boyfriend suddenly expiring, and at the end she adopts an 11-year old dog.
A big plus for me was that the setting and relationships reflected my life at 15 Craigside. However, not once was the familiar I'll See You in My Dreams (here, the most popular 1924 version by Isham Jones) played. Why? They had a new and immemorable I'll See You in My Dreams (can't find it on You Tube or anywhere). Notwithstanding, I have a solution for this movie at the end of this posting.
Here is a particularly memorable version by Django Reinhart and The Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1939.
Whoops, that was something else, but I'll keep it for being neatly jazzy, so here is I'll See You In My Dreams. Frank Fontaine sang this song in the 1940 film Kitty Foyle, which earned Ginger Rogers her only Academy Award for Best Actress. By Merle Travis in the 50's. By the way, I stumbled across a blog site entitled Don't Stay Up Too Late, with 960 Songs from the Past 117 Years. Quite a piece of work.
- Blythe Danner refuses to get involved to preserve her dignity, but Diane Keaton signs on
- Sam Elliott is dead, so Robert Redford gets talked into it.
- Keaton's new old dog escapes.
- She meets a new possible love (Redford) at a golf tournament.
- He retired from the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center (the birthplace of sleep medicine).
- Keaton and her bridge gang (June Squibbb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place) take their trip to Iceland.
- While largely retired, Redford conveniently happens to be at a sleep conference in Reykjavik.
- Through pure serendipity, the four ladies, having much too much to drink, end up at Nuoluhusio, a Thai karaoke restaurant, and sleep guy, also somewhat inebriated (they say that karaoke is so corny in Iceland that anyone who sings at these establishments, and there are supposedly only two, has to be insanely drunk--not much different from Hawaii, actually), stumbles in, where Keaton is singing I'll See You In My Dreams (the old version--and she actually is quite okay at this--Seems Like Old Times from Annie Hall).
- This encounter leads to his training her how to dream....
- Ah, the potential.