Written by Matt Jacobs who co-directed with Liz Graham, the film takes a quirky character who could have easily been quite annoying and make her into a loveable goof who takes the viewer on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance on which she meets all kinds of odd characters on overnight buses in Los Angeles. All the characters are developed enough to be charming and aggravated in their own way, which adds a touch of extra oddity to the lead character’s journey. Each one of them brings something to the story and to the lead, either making her think or act, thus making the viewer discover another side to the lead as her story goes along. The film’s story, or journey, is that of a woman wanting more in life and deciding to go for it, something it translates quite well mostly through these meetings and conversations she has with strangers.
This lead who does not have a name in the credit, but is referred to as “Woman in Wedding Dress”, is played by Eve Annenberg who does a fantastic job tackling the lady who turns out to have an interesting sense of humor and a funny journey. She gives the character the right amount of quirk, humor, wit, and a touch of sadness that create this complex person worth watching going through the night with her light-up aquarium. On her journey, she meets a bundle of people, part of whom are a couple of nerds who turn out to be a touch annoying but also charming as one of them takes a liking to the lead. These two guys are played by Maxx Maulion and Brad Herman. The banter between the two gives the impression that they are friends in real life and they normally go back and forth as their characters do. The rest of cast is filled with interesting actors, none of them exactly super known, but they all gives good performances that give snippets into their characters’ lives.
The film has an interesting soundtrack with one song that comes back a couple of time, feeling perfect for the film. This pairs well with the cinematography by James Carman and Jon Schweigart who create a look for the film that takes good advantage of the Los Angeles nighttime look. It looks and feels like Los Angeles and its various areas that are crossed by bus, and on foot, by the lead as she heads from one side to the other of the city. The parts at the Venice Beach are on point for how the place feels early in the morning when almost no one is there.
From Hollywood to Rose is a charming film of self-discovery, all about letting go, forgiving, and reaching for happiness. It’s quirky, mostly due to the characters, and a nice tour of Los Angeles at night. It’s one of those films that will make those who love LA miss it and others want to check it out.