|DREAM LOVER (director: Alan Pakula; screenwriter: Jon Boorstin; cinematographer: Sven Nykvist; editor: Trudy Ship; music: Michael Small; cast: Paul Shenar (Father), Kristy McNichol (Kathy Gardner), Ben Masters (Michael Hansen), Justin Deas (Kevin McCann), Gayle Hunnicut (Claire), John McMartin (Martin), Joseph Culp (Danny), Matthew Penn (Billy); Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jon Boorstin/Alan Pakula; MGM Home Entertainment; 1986)|
by Dennis Schwartz
dreadful psychological thriller filled with
psychobabble about dream therapy. Director Alan
Pakula ("Klute"/"Sophie's Choice"/"All
the President's Men") and Jon Boortin make it into a
dreary case history study with nothing uncovered that
is consequential. Though set in NYC it was shot in
NYC rape victim (Kristy McNichol),
an aspiring jazz flutist, who stabbed her apartment
attacker is having recurring nightmares and receives
treatment from a dream researcher (Ben Masters).
Problem is the nightmares only get worst.
no problem with the cast trying their best to make the
inane unpleasant story work, even if they couldn't.
The result is a leaden film. This is a film topic more
up Bergman's alley than Pakula's.
The only thing that worked was Sven Nykvist' photography.
REVIEWED ON 10/14/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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