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Dreams and Shadows (2009)

Billy is a teenage outcast in search of his life's true meaning. Day by day, he slaves away at the local burger joint, only to return home to a paraplegic father, whose own dreams of ... See full summary »


Tamarat Makonnen




Credited cast:
James Russo ... John Brunette
Shawn-Caulin Young ... Billy Brunette
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshi Ando Yoshi Ando ... Samurai
Kathy Christopherson ... Krissy
Julie Clark Julie Clark ... Lorrie Brunette
Joseph Darden Joseph Darden ... Tommy
Robert Dolan Robert Dolan ... Lester
Natalie Garcia Fryman ... Sarah
James Gibler James Gibler ... Twiggy
Cody Hamilton Cody Hamilton ... Young Billy
Mary Mackey ... Prostitute
Sean Ridgway Sean Ridgway ... Spike
Londale Theus ... Eddie Vincent


Billy is a teenage outcast in search of his life's true meaning. Day by day, he slaves away at the local burger joint, only to return home to a paraplegic father, whose own dreams of happiness have faded away in an alcoholic haze. Nonetheless, Billy tries to bond with his delusional father, but cannot break through the many layers of pain and regret that surround him. Frustrated, Billy longs to escape the dead-end existence that has engulfed his father, and now appears to be closing in on him as well. It's only within the confines of his small bedroom that Billy truly feels alive. Closing his eyes, he allows his vivid imagination to take over, sweeping him away from his bleak surroundings, and into a world of fantasy. In his dreams, Billy is no longer the misfit, but a brave warrior roaming freely. Along with his best friend Sarah, Billy travels blissfully through this imaginary world, only to awaken once again to the grim reality he struggles so hard to escape. In an attempt to ... Written by Anonymus

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dream | outcast | shadow | samurai | See All (4) »


For the sake of good there are those who will do bad.


Drama | Fantasy

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Dark, Twisted and Good
18 October 2010 | by FilmCriticalSee all my reviews

No rainbows or baby unicorns floating around in this film. It's teen angst at it's finest. Dreams and Shadows doesn't try to created a cozy environment for the viewer, instead it kicks you in the gut with a dose of reality then keeps on kicking. James Russo is tragic and entertaining as the alcoholic father with a closet full of secrets. His son (played by Shawn-Caulin Young) is a social pariah who dives into his Samurai obsessed imagination to escape his father's turmoil as well as the local bullies chasing him down. Sounds like something you might have heard about on the local news, right? This film is a microcosm of what's going on with the youth of today. Teens tormenting each other until someone hits the breaking point. Kudos to the filmmakers because it looks awesome. Can't tell if it was shot on 35mm or the RED Camera but it has a very rich and at times shadowy look. The acting is strong and the film is well directed. This film functions mostly through the well written dialog and is punctuated with some very suspenseful moments that will keep you guessing till the very end.

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2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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