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DREAMS FOR LIFE

SYNOPSIS:
A 39 year old recluse, Ellen (Maria Mercedes), has lucid dreams that prompt her to revisit her old neighbourhood where she meets Martin (Dai Paterson), the much younger brother of her childhood love who she used to look after as a baby. Martin, who is now a young man, falls in love with her.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Anna Kannava could probably make the Moscow telephone directory look like a fascinating objet d'art she has such an innate sense of cinematic language. She also directs actors so well that she elicits their deepest personas for her - and for the us via the camera.

This tender, subtle and complex love story touches on so many private issues within each of us - lost love and loneliness, new love and melancholy, dreams that shadow us - that our emotional synapses keep popping throughout. Yet, for its poetry and depth, she never loses touch with the real world. Neither do her actors, who simply seduce us with their honesty and their feelings.

Fuelled by the depth of European sensibilities and the earthiness of Australian culture, Dreams For Life is a window into the possibilities of human nature. And an ending you don't expect.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

DREAMS FOR LIFE (M)
(Aust, 2005)

CAST: Maria Mercedes, Dai Paterson

PRODUCER: Aanya Whitehead

DIRECTOR: Anna Kannava

SCRIPT: Anna Kannava

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Firous Malkzadeh

EDITOR: Jill Holt

MUSIC: Various

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jayne Russell

RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: MusicArtsDance Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Sydney: April 28, 2005, other cities to follow







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