Loosely inspired by the real-life story of director and producer Cindy Baer’s early adventures as an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, Odd Brodsky follows the inexplicably typical path of many hopeful stars in the land of the rich and famous. While charming and simultaneously frustrating, the exploits of Audrey Brodsky are rife with laughable ironies and the cringe-worthy-but-true cliche that one way or another, all actresses and hopeful stars face in La La Land.
Highlighting the at-times soul-crushing defeat that all ambitious people face at some point in their pursuit of their dreams, irony is a frontrunner in the film that provides a ray of light in scenes that may otherwise lead to a challenging journey toward stardom. My favorite example of this is at the beginning of the film where 22-year-old Audrey (delightfully played by Tegan Ashton Cohan) is setting off for Los Angeles while trying to hitchhike holding a “Hollywood or Bust” cardboard sign while standing directly in front of a large green “Hollywood, Iowa” city sign. And the ironies only stack up from there, adding a moment of comedy to each situation our heroine is thrown into.
The real “power moment” of the film is when our two leading ladies decide to not count on the industry to shape their fates. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the heroes are cast out of the community. It points out a fact that is most often overlooked in Los Angeles today: the importance of family, friends, and their support that makes any dream a possibility in the land of television and movies. These were some of the real treasures of Odd Brodsky.
The writers’ and director’s choice of ending the film on a note that’s more expanded than just the journey of a single person is the true highpoint of the movie. That fact, combined with spanning multiple decades and being filmed in over 30 locations, makes the film a unique micro-budget indie flick with a fully realized world.
ODD BRODSKY is now available on VOD!