Austrian director Dornhelm here tries to capture the desperation and hope of the aspiring young talents who live in Echo Park, a rundown section of Los Angeles. The film centers on Dey, a single mother and would-be actress. Working in a sleazy bar and struggling to make ends meet, Dey runs
an ad for a roommate. The chipper Hulce, a pizza deliveryman who shows a smidgen of talent as a songwriter, responds. He is immediately attracted to Dey and becomes a father figure for her 8-year-old son, Walker. ECHO PARK has its heart in the right place. Director Dornhelm manages to capture the
hopelessness of those countless aspiring youngsters who are willing to sacrifice eve...