|The Bad Father's Empty Chair.|
|The Bad Father's Empty Chair #2|
Lovely Molly follows a newly married couple, Molly and Tim, as they move into Molly’s family home. Both of her parents are dead, and people in town frequently allude to the terrible events that occurred there. Soon after moving in, the home’s security system is triggered, and Molly and Tim find the back door open, and hear footsteps. A police man (Ken Arnold) finds nothing.
|Is she mad or possessed?|
One quality that really stands out regarding Lovely Molly involves the lifestyle of Molly and Tim. They both work blue-collar jobs and are experiencing real problems making ends meet. When Molly begins to show signs of mental illness, she insists she can handle it, because there is no other option. “We don’t have health insurance,” she reports.
|What is really happening here? Even the camera can't tell us for certain.|
At a point about two-thirds of the way through the film, Molly -- either mad or possessed – commits a genuinely awful act against an innocent, and I must admit that I found myself troubled and disturbed by these visuals. I don’t want to state that the film is depressing, but I should make plain that it isn’t an easy watch, or mere entertainment. Rather, Lovely Molly is hard core in a sense, and really, that’s a valid and legitimate artistic approach given the seriousness of the subject matter.