Yellow Rose ★★

Star Eva Noblezada has a magnetically relatable presence and a shockingly capable singing voice. But she's too intellectually acute and self-confident to make sense of this overly earnest script which asks her to communicate naiveté and helplessness. Like a lot of indie fare, it's all too preoccupied with aesthetic primness and tonal niceties to cut as deep as its horrifying plot really demands. Meanwhile, most of the character relationships are rudimentarily constructed at best, leaving most all of the players with too little to work with.