From Hollywood to Rose is a product of the 90s, which hints towards the film’s wheelhouse.
A woman in a wedding dress (Eve Annenberg) wanders aimlessly through the nightlife of Los Angeles until she winds up on local transit. Once she’s riding the bus, the film showcases observational studies involving fleeting relationships when onlookers are compelled to interact with this mysterious woman.
From Hollywood to Rose reminds us of a time when causal conversations were the prevalent high-water mark for entertainment on the indie circuit. A dead giveaway is how screenwriter Matt Jacobs uses an array of pop culture references and geeky trivia as a liftoff for most of the discussions. While used to a gratuitous degree with humour that overshoots on quirkiness, Jacobs usually finds a way to build off of these small details to lead towards big reveals about the mysterious woman or any of her late-night acquaintances.
Jacobs, making his directorial debut with seasoned script supervisor Liz Graham, also finds dependability in this cast of colourful characters. Like a skilled juggler, From Hollywood to Rose never hits a snag when established strangers leave and new personalities enter the scene. Despite taking place over the course of numerous timeframes within a single night, the film never feels uninterrupted.
From Hollywood to Rose is a modest success that figures out how to relive trendy dialogue-driven movies without exploiting the audience’s nostalgia.
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