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Film Review: “I Dream Too Much”

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I Dream Too Much is a heartwarming coming-of-age film that illustrates the challenges that women and families experience from the perspective of three different generations…” – idreamtoomuch.com

“You’re never too old to dream!”, is the through-line in this film from writer/director Katie Cokinos. The topic of dreams, goals & aspirations is a common one for coming-of-age films, but I Dream Too Much feels unique in the genre. Where other films tend to sweep you up in out-of-the-ordinary circumstances, huge transformations and inevitable romance, I Dream Too Much is grounded securely in reality; which in turn is all the more effective.

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If you were to make a guess about the direction of the film from the opening sequence, you might suppose you were in for another reckless young-adult voyage of quirky situations and accidental self-discovery, but you would be wrong. I Dream Too Much instead carefully pulls you in on a journey with the lead character Dora (played by Eden Brolin), and puts you right in the center of her yearning for exploration of all things.

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Visually, the film is beautiful. The subdued colors perfectly complement the sweeping snowy landscapes; further highlighting the quiet stillness of Dora’s surroundings. Her bright and relentlessly upbeat personality provides a stark contrast to her environment, but Brolin’s performance is not without subtlety. The nature in which her character processes otherwise dreary conditions makes everything all the more touching.

The tone of I Dream Too Much does not lack humor, however. Crafty one-liners and Dora’s amusing antics brighten up moments in the most unexpected ways, leaving the audience always wanting more. It adds to the relatability, and when you feel a tug on your heart after just laughing out loud, you know that what you’re watching has meaning.

The delightful poignancy of the film is intercut with flashes into Dora’s mind, and without giving too much away, it’s these details that make watching I Dream Too Much almost feel like reading a good novel.

You may also recognize some familiar faces! Internationally acclaimed actress/writer/director Diane Ladd plays Dora’s Great Aunt Vera; infusing the film with a rich character that continues to reveal herself until the very end.

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Actress Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) adds delightful energy as Dora’s unexpected friend Abbey. James McCaffrey even makes an appearance as music producer Nikki.

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What you won’t find in this film are stereotypes. Finally we get a story about three strong women, from three different generations, universally searching for the same thing without the story focusing on romance in any way. Not to say that romance is bad, but it’s a breath of fresh air to see a movie that focuses on something entirely different (or doesn’t make the lead choose between a boy or a career).

What you’ll find instead are universally understood themes, but presented in new ways. The overbearing mother who tries to live through her child. The lost, post-college young woman searching for her place in the world. The desire to get far away from home and never look back. The yearning to do what you want to do, instead of what you should do. The craving for purpose and validation.

I Dream Too Much gives you all of this, and more… without shoving it in your face. Before you know it, this heartwarming story has gently reminded you that no matter who you are or where your story began, you’re never too old to dream.

Find out more about the film & how you can watch it on www.idreamtoomuch.com. An interview with the director Katie Cokinos is coming soon… stay tuned!

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Kaytra Parkman

About Kaytra Parkman

Kaytra Parkman is an American actress best known for playing various compelling and complex characters in award-winning indie films such as “The Last Protester” and “In The Basement”. She also garnered attention from the LGBTQ+ community for her portrayal of Jordan; an awkward and self-deprecating young women in the the digital series “The Flannel Channel”. The project quickly landed distribution on the popular queer site TelloFilms.com and a front page article on afterellen.com. In 2018, Kaytra continued to build momentum with a recurring role on Snapchat’s first original scripted series Solve, as well as a leading role in the film Ellie. Born and raised in Southern California, Kaytra developed an interest in the arts at a very young age. By 12, she was taking professional acting and music classes in Los Angeles and creating & editing her own short films and online videos. Kaytra attended the competitive Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) for four years, where she excelled at both academics and her daily performing arts classes. Due to her filmmaking and on-camera abilities, she was hired at the age of 15 as Host and Interview Correspondent for SweetyHigh.com’s online platform for several years, working with Cat Deeley, Cody Simpson, and Greyson Chance, among others. Kaytra brings intensity, vulnerability and maturity to her performances, and naturally gravitates towards characters with mystery and edge. A self-proclaimed nerd, Kaytra is obsessed with space, has been known to cosplay her own creations from time to time, and is training to one day become a Jedi Knight.