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Mean Dreams

Director Nathan Morlando
Year 2016
Run Time 108min
Genre Drama

The life of teen Jonas (Josh Wiggins) is dominated by his father’s struggle to keep the family farm afloat and his mother’s ongoing battle with severe depression. When Casey (Sophie Nélisse) moves in down the road, the two click immediately. But while most parents would be happy to see their children find this kind of relationship, Jonas’ father sees Casey as a distraction, while Casey’s father, Wayne (Bill Paxton), an alcoholic police deputy prone to explosive outbursts, sees Jonas as competition. With nowhere to turn, Jonas and Casey are faced with an impossible decision. 


Nathan Morlando

Morlando’s first film, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF. He also directed Mean Dreams, which debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. He recently produced Giant Little Ones and directed episodes of the show Cardinal.


Kevin Coughlin, Ryan Grassby


Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, Colm Feore, Ryan Blakely


Allison Black, William Woods




Family Relationships, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures