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Mean Dreams (2016)

R | | Thriller | 17 March 2017 (USA)
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Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love.

Director:

Nathan Morlando
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Josh Wiggins ... Jonas Ford
Sophie Nélisse ... Casey Caraway
Joe Cobden ... Elbert Ford
Bill Paxton ... Wayne Caraway
Vickie Papavs ... Lynette Ford
Colm Feore ... The Chief
Ryan Blakely ... Proprietor
George Buza ... Pawnshop Clerk
Tara Nicodemo ... Pharmacist
Mike McPhaden ... Father
Richard Waugh ... Bus Driver
Blaise Blaise ... Blaise
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Mean Dreams is a thriller about a fifteen-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves while her corrupt cop father hunts them down. This coming-of-age fable brings together the desperation of life on the run and the beauty and wonder of first love.

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Finders Keepers. See more »

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Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiú ábrándok See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Mostly all of the push ins are digital rather than the physical movement of the camera. See more »

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Boom mic visible in car window when Jonas steals the chiefs car. See more »

Quotes

Casey Caraway: You pray?
Jonas Ford: No.
Casey Caraway: Now might be a good time...
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Alternate World (Alternate Age)
Written, Performed & Recorded by Son Lux
Vocals - Ieva Berberian, Cameron Schenk, Aaron Strumpel, Shara Nova
Mandolin - Chris Thile
Pedal Steel, Bass - Christopher Wray
Ryan Lott Music (ASCAP) administered by Domino Publishing Company USA
© 2013 Joyful Noise Recordings
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Nifty Neo-Noir set in Canada
25 June 2017 | by david-546See all my reviews

Mean Dreams is a nifty neo-noir set in Canada. Northern Ontario near Sault Ste. Marie to be more precise. The film centers around Casey and Jonas, two lovers on the lam from Casey's abusive cop father played brilliantly by the late Bill Paxton in his last role before his untimely death. The film invoked memories for me of Nicholas Ray's "They Live by Night" 1948 and Robert Altman's remake of the film called "Thieves Like Us" 1974. But the film may be closest to Terrance Malick's "Badlands" 1973 where Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen were the two lovers on the lam after murdering Sissy's abusive father played by Warren Oates. But comparisons can continue as it allowed me to recall the quirky "Moonrise Kingdom" directed by Wes Anderson.

Lovers on the lam is old theme most famously portrayed by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the ill fated lovers "Bonnie and Clyde" 1967. Both Casey and Jonas, played by Sophie Nelisse and Josh Wiggins, both of whom we are liable to see more of, are good in this film. Starting out as young and naive they quickly have to grow up as Jonas gets caught up in a drug deal gone wrong that was set up by Casey's father. Indeed how do you go to the police when it is the police that are bad guys. Colm Feore plays the other bad cop. You just know that none of this going to end well even if the lovers are somehow seen as getting away in the end.

The film is well-acted. It develops slowly and builds. We get to like Casey and Jonas and do really hope they escape the abusive father (Paxton). It's an indie neo-noir film worthy of being amongst the many neo-noirs that come out over the years. One of the biggest stars in the film is the landscape of Northern Ontario from the lakes, the fields and yes the small towns that prevail up there. Seeing the gorgeous landscape made me want to take a trip back.


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