How do you describe “love”? This overall feeling of happiness as you escape into another world. For this moment, even though it’s fleeting, all your troubles disappear from your mind. This is what it’s like to watch Eliza Schroeder’s Love Sarah, a romantic-comedy about life, death, pastries and the connections we make.
Love Sarah follows Clarrisa, a young woman (Shannon Tarbet) mourning the loss of her mother, she decides to open the bakery in Notting Hill, London. To do this, she enlists the help of an old friend (Shelley Conn) and her grandma (Celia Imrie) who come together in their shared grief.
For Schroeder, a story about grief and loss was the driving force of the script and where she found a deep connection with the character’s she’s been a part of since film school. What started out as an idea became a movie tackling grief that gives people hope.
Making her directorial debut, Schroeder balances a script filled with humor, heartbreak, loss, diversity and being open to happiness again.
The Koalition spoke to Schroeder about the journey of Love Sarah from concept to filming, how she connects to the characters and more.
Check out our full interview below.