SYNOPSIS: Odd Brodsky is an offbeat comedy about the adventures of 30-something Audrey Brodsky (Tegan Ashton Cohan), who'll do just about anything to find her big break in Hollywood. Encouraged by her mother, Mary, at anything and everything she tries, young Audrey makes a graveside promise to become an actress. Audrey grows up, moves to Hollywood, and finds great success... working forty hours a week at a steady office job she hates. Ten years pass in the blink of an eye when Audrey finally decides to reclaim her childhood dream. Although her father Joe doesn't understand, Audrey finds comfort with "the Angels", a group of five close girlfriends who support each other by means of tough love. Here we meet fellow Angel, Sammy, and she's "stuck" too. This plot point later comes around in a way that's instrumental to Audrey's plight, albeit not in a way you may expect. [Source: Free Dream Pictures]
Inspired by Wes Anderson's RUSHMORE, the Coen Brothers RAISING ARIZONA and Jean-Peirre Jeunet's AMELIE', ODD BRODSKY is a quirky comedy about following your dreams and finding your bliss.
This delightful deadpan comedy cleverly parodies the eccentricities of Hollywood, ironically through the eccentricities of the main character, Audrey. The music score shrewdly sets a wryly-catastrophic tone in keeping with the continual setbacks experienced by Audrey. Cindy Baer, who co-wrote, directed and produced the film, utilizes the stereotypical desperation and manifestations of actors to demonstrate Audrey’s oddities.
Cohan captures Audrey’s persona and verbal delivery brilliantly. Although Audrey may strike some viewers as more annoying narcissist than charming, she's a vibrant creation. Until Audrey inevitably realizes Camera One’s (Matthew Kevin Anderson) major crush on her, a few interactions result in some funny, yet uncomfortable, bits – particularly with Audrey’s unkempt, druggie roommate, who, by the way, actually gets his big break. There's also a nice use of the hiking trails near the Hollywood sign and poignant cinematography and editing.
The camera angles and cinematography greatly enhance the comedic aspect in this film. While at times the pacing is slow, the story picks up about midway and is truly charming and whimsical. The lighting effects and set designs shrewdly set the stage for the ups and downs throughout the film.
Overall, “Odd Brodsky” is truly enjoyable and a fun, light-hearted film.
About the Filmmakers
Director/Producer Cindy Baer's debut feature PURGATORY HOUSE screened at 25 festivals, won 12 festival awards, appeared on 5 critics lists for "best film of the year" and was distributed by Image Entertainment. Cinematographer Matthew Irving's 28 feature film credits include the hit romantic comedy WAITRESS (starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion) and WAITING (starring Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long and Anna Faris) which have both cracked the "top ten" at the Box Office. Four of his features premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Supervising Sound Editor Vickie Sampson's extensive sound credits include over 150 features, which go back to RETURN OF THE JEDI. Her talent was passed down from her trailblazing mother Kay Rose, who was the first woman to ever win an Academy Award for Sound Editing.
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