Maps to the Stars | VIFF 2014

Strangely, it feels like there could have been a legitimately great film here. If it has just been the story of Havana Segrand going insane working on a remake of her mother’s film, or if it has just been the story of a young girl with a troubled past trying to reconnect with her estranged family, or if it had just been the story of an actor/writer/limo driver trying to make it in LA and being corrupted by the broken people around him, then the film may have had some focus and been more compelling. It’s that last one that is the most infuriating. An audience insert character we could relate to would have redeemed almost everything about this movie, but instead, we see the story through the eyes of arguably the most troubled character.