Miles to Go
Quincy Rose bookends his first feature with scenes of himself jogging through dark L.A. streets, Miles to Go before he sleeps. Exhausting nocturnal runs are part of a routine that stymied writer Miles (Rose) adopted after breaking up with his ideal girlfriend, Julia (Jen McPherson). Between visits to illicit massage parlors and his cheery therapist (Maggie Rowe), Miles keeps contacting the heartbroken and frustrated Julia, who gives him an ultimatum: commit to rebuilding their relationship or leave her alone.
The problem is Miles, who doubts the validity of long-term romantic entanglements and understands how his choices hasten their demise. The bigger problem: Quincy Rose, the opaque actor in nearly every scene, and the writer, director, and editor who doesn’t distinguish between cinematic intimacy and revealing a character’s inner life. Rose never hesitates to put himself on display, and cinematographer Amza Moglan’s intuitive camerawork frames even Miles’s most mundane activities in interesting ways. From crude conversations to lots of showers, Miles is continually laid bare – yet still remains inscrutable.
The influence of Woody Allen (longtime friend of Quincy’s late father, Mickey Rose) echoes throughout, with its narcissistic drama and self-lacerating humor. Rose adds Los Angeles malaise to this inverted rom-com (shot in 2012), as ingrained skepticism battles romantic optimism. Those closest to Miles love his humor, intelligence, and companionship, especially a determined Julia. (The quick-witted McPherson is an ideal foil.) Whether their second chance succeeds depends on his decision to outrun destructive habits or stick to the same terrain.
Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on May 15, 2015 by Indie Rights
First published in LA Weekly, 2015.
Miles to Go is available on Amazon Prime