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  • R
  • 1981
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • 3.0  (365)

Fantasies is a 1981 American drama film directed by John Derek, and starring Bo Derek, Peter Hooten and Anna Alexiadis. The film follows a young, married couple, Ted and Donna Tyler, who move from New York City to the suburbs to start a new life together. Ted is a successful stockbroker, while Donna is a housewife looking to start a family.

Ted is consumed by his work, leaving Donna feeling lonely and neglected. She begins to have vivid dreams about a handsome stranger who fulfills her every desire. The stranger becomes a recurring figure in her dreams as Donna becomes more and more unhappy with her life.

One day, Donna meets the stranger from her dreams, a charismatic artist named Josh who has recently moved into the neighborhood. The two become close, and as their feelings for each other grow, Donna must decide between her comfortable, but unsatisfying life with Ted or pursuing a passionate romance with Josh.

Meanwhile, Ted becomes increasingly suspicious of Donna's behavior and hires a private investigator to follow her. He discovers her relationship with Josh and confronts her, leading to a dramatic confrontation that forces Donna to make a difficult decision.

Fantasies explores themes of love, lust, and the search for personal fulfillment in a society where material success often comes at the expense of emotional satisfaction. Bo Derek delivers a strong performance as Donna, portraying the character's inner conflict with nuance and authenticity. Peter Hooten is also excellent as Ted, bringing depth and complexity to a character who could have easily been portrayed as one-dimensional.

The film is visually stunning, with John Derek's direction and cinematography capturing the beauty of the suburban landscape and the characters' emotional states. The dream sequences are particularly well-done, conveying the surreal nature of Donna's fantasies while remaining grounded in her character's reality.

While some elements of the film may feel dated, particularly in its portrayal of gender roles, Fantasies remains an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of human desire and the complexities of modern relationships. Its themes are timeless, and its strong performances and striking visuals make it a must-see for fans of 1980s cinema.

Overall, Fantasies is a well-crafted drama that delves deep into the human psyche and the struggles we face in pursuit of happiness. The film's haunting imagery and compelling performances make it a powerful exploration of the human condition that is sure to linger in viewers' minds long after the credits have rolled.

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    1 hr 20 min
  • IMDB Rating
    3.0  (365)