SXSW FILM 2012
By Don Simpson | March 14, 2012
Director: Eduardo Sánchez
Writers: Eduardo Sánchez, Jamie Nash
Starring: Gretchen Lodge, Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis, Ken Arnold, Katie Foster, Daniel Ross, Tara Garwood, Lauren Lakis, Mark Redfield, Field Blauvelt, Dan Manning
After their wedding, Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into the spooky old home in which Molly was raised. As we learn more about their situation, this decision seems to have been based solely upon economics. Molly and Tim are both working class stiffs — Molly works as a janitor in the local mall and Tim is a truck driver. Because of his job, Tim is on the road a lot; and being home alone all of the time begins to really freak Molly out.
Molly’s memories of her childhood — specifically of her father — are not favorable ones; and being back in the location where these memories originally took place brings all of her worst nightmares to the forefront of her mind. Molly’s checkered family history has also caused her to become a heroin addict — she has been hospitalized for this addiction in the past, and has been struggling to remain sober ever since. Molly tries every way that she can to hide from the ghosts of her past, but fate will provide absolutely no escape for her.
Eduardo Sánchez’s film is a heavy-handed diatribe about the long-lasting (and unshakable) effects of child abuse and drug addiction; and Lovely Molly utilizes many of the traditional (read: tired) tropes of the haunted house genre to convey this story. The ever-startling sound design is just as blatant and bombastic — but without it, there would be no scares. The best part of Lovely Molly is the titular Molly, Gretchen Lodge who gives a creepily transcendent performance.