Dream For An Insomniac is a phenomenal indie film. Written and directed by Tiffanie Debartolo (the ONLY movie she’s ever made, sadly!)… it just speaks to the soul of anyone who has seen it. It is believable, funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, superbly-cast and superbly-acted. Yeah, it’s THAT fuckin’ good. It is absolutely full of artistic spirit.
The film tells the story of Frankie (Ione Skye), a lazy barista who lives above a coffeeshop that her Sinatra-obsessed Uncle Leo (Seymour Cassel) owns. Frankie is a hopeless romantic and daydreamer who has a lot of trouble sleeping, since both of her parents died in a car accident when she was younger. Her still-in-the-closet gay brother Rob (Michael Landes) does most of the work at the shop, and her best friend Allison (Jennifer Aniston) is a struggling (and admittedly bad) actor, trying to find basic work in commercials.
Frankie goes on dates wherever possible, but finds that most of the men she goes on dates with are just awful people. She longs for a guy with “eyes of Sinatra” and above all, a brain and a creative spirit. One day, Frankie meets David Shrader (Mackenzie Astin). They hit it off remarkably, but complications soon arise.
The film is such a touching, tender story, without being schmaltzy. It’s got so much charm that it can give some away as lessons, to many films of a similar genre. Again, it is superbly-acted and the cast is absolutely perfect.
Dream For An Insomniac also has a ton of pop-culture and music references, from Fast Times to Morrissey, Kurt Cobain to famous philosophers. Not to mention, the film is infinitely quotable, especially for any hopeless romantic.
Oh, and did I mention the soundtrack? From Sinatra to The Innocence Mission, it spans the great taste of many a music-obsessed person (this guy included, of course). And, brilliantly…. the film begins in full black-and-white, but makes a transition into color, about 20 minutes or so in (the only film to ever do this, and do this exceptionally well).
Do yourself a favor, and buy the DVD. It’s like $5 or less. It’s so friggin’ worth it. It’s a movie you’ll share with friends, boyfriends, and girlfriends. I’ve shared this movie with hundreds of people in my life, and they all agreed, it’s pretty fantastic. God, I love movies from the 90s.
Tiffanie DeBartolo, if you’re reading this, PLEASE make another film. Comment below. I would love to know you actually found this blog post! ❤