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Review: Dreams And Shadows

28 December 2010 12:24 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Dreams And Shadows is the feature-film debut from writer, director and producer Tamarat Makonnen. This is the story of a teenage outcast in search of life.s true meaning. Billy, played by Shawn-Caulin Young, is a loner who spends most of his time working at a greasy diner and taking care of John, played by James Russo, his paraplegic father.

Nothing seems to go well for Billy, between being bullied by a small clutch of insensitive teenagers and struggling at home with his father.s alcoholism; Billy escapes the pain of real life in his dreams, where he sees himself as a mighty samurai in feudal Japan.

Billy is driven by two things; one of them being his desire for a .normal. life, the other being his desire to know his mother, whom died before Billy could remember her. This sets up the basis of Billy.s relationship with his father, »

- Travis Keune

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