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Dreamland (2006)

R | | Drama | 1 August 2007 (France)
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A young woman who lives in a desert trailer park must choose between caring for her hapless father and sick friend or fulfilling her own destiny.

Director:

Jason Matzner

Writer:

Tom Willett
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Cast

Cast overview:
Agnes Bruckner ... Audrey
Kelli Garner ... Calista
Justin Long ... Mookie
John Corbett ... Henry
Gina Gershon ... Mary
Brian Klugman ... Abraham
Chris Mulkey ... Herb
Luce Rains ... Dreamer
Olive Bureker Olive Bureker ... Aunt Sadie
Sherry Lynette Sherry Lynette ... Nurse
Jenny Gabrielle ... Truck Driver
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A young woman who lives in a desert trailer park must choose between caring for her hapless father and sick friend or fulfilling her own destiny.

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Taglines:

Life blooms in extraordinary places.

Genres:

Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A magam útján See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,350, 1 December 2006

Gross USA:

$4,350
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Audrey: Licking morning visions that feel like crushed velvet Desiring a shadow drink with peach aroma and purple mist A delicious moment for worshiping a calm language and begin the ice.
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Low-key, reverential drama about various dreamers in a desert trailer park
28 June 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 2006 and directed by Jason Matzner, "Dreamland" is slice-of-life drama about several people at a small trailer park called Dreamland in the New Mexican desert. A blossoming poetess (Agnes Bruckner) and her sickly Miss America wannabe bestie (Kelli Garner) are both stirred by a newly arrived basketball protégé (Justin Long), which eventually creates conflict. Also on hand are a drug-addled "boy toy" (Brian Klugman), a father struggling with grief & alcoholism (John Corbett) and a couple musicians (Gina Gershon & Chris Mulkey).

This is a subdued and mundane indie drama with beautiful New Mexican cinematography, a spiritual soundtrack and reverential tone. From the get-go it is pictorially established that the looming transmission towers represent the Fountain of Life (the Creator) and the healing powers thereof, which draw the physically, mentally or spiritually broken. The cast are at various stages of searching, lost-ness or suffering.

One critic panned the film on the grounds that it seemed like "Debbie Downer" wrote the script, but this simply isn't accurate. Yes, there are some sad or foolish facts-of-life addressed, but there's something intangibly beautiful and transcendent going on behind the scenes throughout. Not every loose-end is tied up at the end, but the movie leaves you with a sense of hope. It also leaves you wondering.

The film runs 88 minutes and was shot in New Mexico (Placitas, Rio Rancho & Albuquerque). WRITER: Tom Willett.

GRADE: B/B- (6.5/10)


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