Between Dreams (1999)

  |  Drama, Short


Poet Stephen lies in a hospital bed. He is on medication and drifts in and out of consciousness regularly. When out, he dreams and when he is awake he is surrounded by death and hysteria ... See full summary »



Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


24 May 2003 | bob the moo
Very effective short based on Tredre's dying experiences
Poet Stephen lies in a hospital bed. He is on medication and drifts in and out of consciousness regularly. When out, he dreams and when he is awake he is surrounded by death and hysteria that confuse him as to whether he can possibly be awake or asleep.

This film is quite involving because it is based on the experiences of poet Stephen Tredre as he lay in hospital dying of cancer in 1997. The short is based on his memoirs called Beyond Different. So as a hook this film certainly has a good one as it looks into his state of mind from his deathbed. The use of editing was what grabbed me - scenes were cut together well and without over-elaborating on the line between dream and awake. Mostly due to the production it was hard to tell if all the scenes were occurring somewhere between Stephen's dreams.

The actual plot is a little loose, but this is to be expected given the subject and the dream/nightmare feel to the film makes up for this. The acting is very good. Owen is effective as Stephen and brings humanity to the role in a real swing of emotions - my favourite being the smile he gives to the man reading the tombstone to him, he brings across so much with that look (recognition, memory, warmth). The lady crying in the bed opposite him was also very good. Beyond them the support cast do what is required but the two main roles really stand out.

Overall it's hard to sell this film but it is a lot more interesting than it sounds. It isn't breath-taking but it's hard not to be leave in a thoughtful, reflective mood once you've watched it.

Did You Know?

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama | Short

Details

Release Date:

30 March 2003

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

Contribute to this page

Holiday Movies on Prime Video for the Whole Family

Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit.

Get some picks

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com