Odd Brodsky Film Review – Pasadena Int’l Film Festival Screening

Odd Brodsky film poster

 

Ilana Klusky as Young Audrey in Odd Brodsky

Audrey's mom (Jessi Meriwether) and dad (John Alton) in Odd Brodsky

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]

Tegan Ashton Cohan (Audrey) and Matthew Kevin Anderson (Camera One) in Odd Brodsky

 

The Angels - Cindy Baer, Tegan Ashton Cohan, Leigh Forrest, Elana Krausz, Christina Moses in Odd Brodsky

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. 

Audrey (Tegan Ashton Cohan) and fellow angel, Kitty (Christina Moses) in Odd Brodsky

 

Camera One (Matthew Kevin Anderson) and Audrey (Tegan Ashton Cohan) in Odd Brodsky

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

A still image from the set of Odd Brodsky

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.

Scotty Dickert as Spuds in Odd Brodsky

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.

Odd Brodsky Director, Cindy Baer

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.

View the “Odd Brodsky” Trailer here: 

 

About PIFF

The Pasadena International Film Festival is the one and only competitive film festival in Pasadena, CA. It was founded in 2013 by Jessica Hardin, an industry veteran and Pasadena resident. PIFF aims to bring high-caliber, international cinema to a city well renowned for its love of culture and the arts.

For more information about PIFF, please visit Pasadena International Film Festival Official Site

 

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