Dreaming of Joseph Lees [VHS]
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Eva is a young woman who dreams romantically of an older second cousin, Joepth Lees, she remembers from when she was a girl. Joseph is a geologist who works in Italy where he lost a leg in a quarry accident. Eva thinks about him a lot, has heard about him from time to time but has not seen him in many years. In the meantime, she has come of age, has finished school and works in a lumber mill while also caring for her elderly father and younger sister. One of the local boys who works at the mill and tends his farm, Harry, is interested in Eva and lets her know repeatedly in a rather crude way. Eventually, seeing no other hope for male companionship, she moves in with Harry. Guess who shows up at that point? The remainder of the movie is Eva's emotional see-saw as she tries to decide between Joseph and Harry. There are hints (some metaphoric, some unexpected, some both) as to outcome along the way. She finally chooses, and the movie ends as it must. Although some things about the movie do not quite ring true (they could not, at least, have happened in rural America during the same time period), it is a good period piece. Someone suggested it is not a subtle movie but neither the sex nor the violence, both are present, are played strongly. By American standards the movie is subtle. Nothing is blown up in a ball of fire. Most of the blood is just from a nosebleed. There are no gimmicks.Read more ›
When she finally chooses to follow her heart with Joseph, Harry's obsession turns self-destructive and emotionally twisted, thus bringing out the responsibility Eva feels for him. The film grows slightly dark at this point, but never loses sight of the romantic side - the light at the end of the tunnel.
The cinematography is wonderful and strikingly real, and the actors are all at their best - particularly Lee Ross, who as Harry carries off the vulnerability, obsession, and slight madness with astonishing skill. But by far the most interesting part of the movie is the end, which leaves the viewer to make up their own mind as to how the story ends.
This film grabs you from the very beginning and never lets you go.
Eva (Samantha Morton) works in a sawmill and is being pursued relentlessly by Harry, a love sick puppy, whose aggressive bravado belies a deep rooted insecurity. Eva carries a smoldering ember for her distant and much older cousin Joseph (Rupert Graves) whom she hasn't seen since she was a child. Joseph went off to Italy to become a geologist and lost a leg in an explosion at the site. Harry persists in his wooing of Eva and eventually, she succumbs to his charms. After they move in together, Eva sees Joseph at a family wedding and the ember rekindles to a full blown bonfire. Joseph returns her affections and Harry becomes Eva's dilemma. As Harry realizes he's lost her, he has an emotional breakdown and Eva's guilt brings her back to him. But Joseph won't give up and he implores her to leave Harry and come with him to Italy. So Eva has a decision to make, love or duty.
The film has a lot going for it. Samantha Morton was wonderful as the emerging Eva. She played the part with the tentativeness and tittering of a young girl, but the sensitivity and tenderness of a young woman. Eric Styles, in his first feature did a nice job with the photography, making it very soft and romantic throughout. The love scenes were very well done, more loving than sexual. Everything was done very tastefully. There was no violence, nudity or profanity. The props and costumes were true to the period.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't understand why this film is not on a (Region 1-USA) dvd. It is better than most of the schlock (trash) on DVD: the acting is terrific, and the plot--while a little... Read morePublished 5 months ago by sylvia a. scher
Sorry to those of you who think that the ending is left to the imagination of the viewers. I can't bear to be left hanging and won't even consider that Eva might stay with Harry,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by JaneMD
RG is not in the action very much but this is a lovely sweet movie.Published 6 months ago by Carpinska
Charming setting, but Eva's behavior through out movie left me asking " Why would you do that?" It didn't make sense for her to move in with Harry and play house. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I must confess I found all the glowing reviews befuddling. I found this movie tedious and overwrought. Read morePublished 17 months ago by KCrimson