HOLLY

Adult Subject Matter

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Release Date: November 09, 2007

Starring: Ron Livingston, Thuy Nguyen, Virginie Ledoyen, Chris Penn, and Udo Kier

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 113 minutes

Address Comments To:

Marty Zeidman, President
Slowhand Cinema Releasing
4751 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (323) 549-4316
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Content:

(BB, LL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Strong moral worldview in a story calling on the world to stop the sex slave trade, especially that preying on vulnerable children; 21 obscenities (including some “f” words) and one light profanity; brief strong violence such as two men chase girl, man and woman hit girl, man beaten up, explosion, and man hit with bottle; implied pedophilia, theme of prostitution and men are propositioned by young women and children; brief upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, gambling, lying and two brief examples of police corruption.

Summary:

HOLLY is an independent movie dealing with the horrible issue of the sex trade in Asia, with a story about an American living in Cambodia who tries to save a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl. The movie handles this subject matter in as tasteful a way as it can be handled, but otherwise pulls no punches in detailing the tragic nature of this story, which has countless examples in real life for oppressed and abused Asian girls and young women.

Review:

HOLLY is an independent movie dealing with the horrible issue of the sex trade in Cambodia and Thailand, especially the sex trade preying on children. As such, it is meant to provoke action against the sex trade on the part of people in industrialized nations like the United States, Japan, England, etc.

The movie stars Ron Livingston as Patrick, an American card shark and dealer in stolen artifacts. Patrick has been “comfortably numb” in Cambodia for years when he encounters Holly, a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl who has been sold into the sex trade. Holly has yet to begin her career as a prostitute, so her virginity is a lucrative prize. Though he has long known what goes on in Cambodia, Patrick is touched by Holly’s story. That, and his guilt about his apathetic lifestyle, leads him to return to buy her back from the rural house where she’s been enslaved. Patrick learns, however, that Holly has been sold to a child trafficker in Phnom Penh. He goes on a frantic search for her, but finds that she has escaped, only to be grabbed by another child trafficker. Saving Holly, and himself, may be harder than Patrick expected.

HOLLY, the movie, handles this subject matter in as tasteful a way as it can be handled. Though the movie has its lighter moments, especially in scenes where Patrick is getting to know Holly, the script piles on the tragic circumstances of Holly’s situation to the point that it overwhelms the viewer. Thus, the movie becomes more of a call to action than a cathartic experience. As such, the movie is very effective, though perhaps not completely satisfying.

Because of the subject matter, and some strong foul language, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

HOLLY is an independent movie dealing with the horrible issue of the sex trade in Asia, especially the trade involving children. The movie stars Ron Livingston as Patrick, an American card shark and dealer in stolen artifacts. Patrick has been “comfortably numb” in Cambodia for years when he encounters Holly, a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl who has been sold into the sex trade. Patrick is touched by Holly’s story. He goes to buy her back from the house that claims her but learns that Holly has been sold to another trafficker. Patrick searches frantically for Holly, but saving Holly may be harder than he expected.

HOLLY, the movie, handles this difficult subject matter as tastefully as it can be handled. Though it has its lighter moments, especially in scenes where Patrick is getting to know Holly, the script piles on the tragic circumstances of Holly’s situation to the point that it overwhelms the viewer. Thus, the movie becomes more of a call to action than a cathartic experience. As such, the movie is very effective, though perhaps not completely satisfying. Because of the subject matter and some strong obscenities, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.