Thank you Richard Propes of The Independent Critic for this Review!
Odessa Makes You Think and Feel
Grace Santos is the focus here as Estrella. Santos avoids histrionics. It seems like she trusts this story to be “enough.” She gets it. She understands it. You can see it in her eyes and her body language and as she speaks Doug Johnson’s sparse yet intentional dialogue. There’s a “What if?” around every corner and Santos captures that unknowing, that fear and that doubt.
It’s anxiety-inducing drama and it makes you think and feel and wonder.
Stephen Chung’s lensing is intimate yet slowly widening, while composer Louis Romanos’s music pulsates with every word and every action. In fact, the entire production crew deserves credit for crafting a film that doesn’t so much come to conclusions as it does make you think about things for yourself.
Odessa. It’s a world that looks so very far away. You know what’s really scary? It’s not.
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