Marielle Wakim: A Cinematic Love Letter To Los Angeles
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Writing a love letter to your sweetheart is no small feat, but writing a love letter to your city? That's even harder. How do you celebrate a metropolis like Los Angeles? If you're Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, you make a movie.
Ruby Sparks, Dayton and Faris' first film since the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, is not only a surprisingly nuanced indie romance but also a visual valentine to our city. The story follows neurotic writer Calvin (Paul Dano), whose early success has led to a case of impenetrable writer's block. He finds inspiration in Ruby Sparks (played by Dano's real-life love Zoe Kazan), an imagined dream girl who he wills into life. Though L.A. native Kazan (she's the granddaughter of Elia Kazan and the daughter of Nicholas Kazan) wrote the screenplay, the film never directly acknowledges the city in which it takes place. Regardless, anyone remotely familiar with Los Angeles would recognize the various backdrops -- the 405, Los Feliz, Griffith Park --
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