The Good Night

Director: Jake Paltrow
Screenwriters: Jake Paltrow

Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


The Good Night tells the story of Gary, once a moderately successful musician who has fallen on hard times. Although he has a beautiful girlfriend and a steady, if unexciting, career, something is missing…until he meets Anna, a breathtaking, exotic, intelligent woman who happens to love Gary. She is quite literally his dream girl. And that's the problem. Gary can only see Anna in his dream life, so he has to find a way to carry on his most satisfying relationship in his dreams. His quest for lucid dreaming techniques introduces Gary to some crazy characters, who ultimately give him a new perspective on life. But will he be able to maintain his dual life, and if he does, will it bring him the happiness he desires?

Writer/director Jake Paltrow (his short film An Eviction Notice played at the 1996 Festival) returns to Sundance with a first feature that follows through on his early promise. He assembles a world-class cast to enliven his charming and perceptive script about a man's search for perfection in a world that seldom measures up to the romanticized images that constantly bombard it. The Good Night explores how lost you can get pursuing perfection, so lost you may even miss seeing the beauty that's right in front of you.

— Trevor Groth

Screening Details

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