Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)

R  |   |  Romance, Drama  |  26 November 1999 (UK)
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Somerset, 1958. Eva enters adulthood with good humor, keeping house for her absent-minded father, letting her younger sister Janie in on the secrets of growing up, working at a furniture ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Lees
Mr. Dian
Felix Billson ...
Lauren Richardson ...
Italian Doctor
Signora Caldoni
Freddy Douglas ...
Danny (as Freddie Douglas)
Richie Tongé ...
Nude Model
Harry Selby ...
First Boxer
Juan Thomas ...
Emma Cunniffe ...
Red-Haired Girl


Somerset, 1958. Eva enters adulthood with good humor, keeping house for her absent-minded father, letting her younger sister Janie in on the secrets of growing up, working at a furniture factory, and dreaming of Joseph Lees, her second cousin who's off in Africa and Italy as a geologist, but has lost a leg in an accident. She's also considering the advances of a local farmer, Harry Flite, ebullient and head over heels for Eva. She agrees to live with him and seems happy, then at a family wedding, Joseph appears, she asks him to dance, and her fantasy begins to clash with Harry's obsession. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Even with her eyes wide open, she was...


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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »


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26 November 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El sueño de Joseph Lees  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,680 (USA) (29 October 1999)


$7,680 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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Although set in the English county of Somerset, this was actually made on the Isle of Man. See more »


Alright, Okay, You Win
Written by Sid Wyche, Mayme Watts
Arranged by Dyfan Jones
Performed by Siân James & The Manx Jazz Aces
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7 July 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Out of curiosity, I picked up this movie at a video store, and was very pleasantly surprised. Samantha Morton is exquisite and believeable as Eva, a quiet girl who harbors a deep love for Joseph Lees, a geologist and distant relative.

I had never heard of Rupert Graves before but he too was tremendous as a lonely man with a personal sorrow.

The supporting cast was top-notch. This is a movie that I have seen several times and will certainly rent it again in the future. It is unforgettable.

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