Molly Maxwell

Molly Maxwell

Canada, 2012, 91 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Coming of Age, Romance, Teen
Program: Contemporary World Cinema
Language: English

Molly Maxwell, Canadian director Sara St. Onge’s directorial debut, is a tender, comedic coming-of-age story about a girl who finds herself and learns to make her own decisions. Sixteen-year-old Molly attends the Phoenix Progressive School, a private arts school full of prodigies who vie to outdo one another creatively. Molly flounders, feeling she isn’t unique enough and doesn’t fit in.

Encouraged by her ultra-liberal parents (Dad’s a record-company exec and Mom’s an artist) to be someone brilliant, Molly feels like she doesn’t measure up, and waffles choosing her concentration. But she must choose one to graduate, so she feigns an interest in photography to take a class with young and attractive teacher Ben. Ben accepts her as she is, and his acceptance opens her world.

His attention and approval unlock her true potential, igniting her interest in school and in life, and Molly flourishes. Their relationship quickly moves beyond the darkroom, and Molly pursues an impossible romance with Ben. As played by Lola Tash, who handles the line between self-conscious teenager and seductive woman perfectly, Molly’s first-love awkwardness is at times comedic, at times beautiful. As Molly and Ben’s relationship becomes more intimate, Molly begins to put herself on the line and jeopardizes Ben’s career, too.

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DIRECTOR: Sara St. Onge
Producer: John Nadalin, Aeschylus Poulos, Mark Van de Ven
Editor: Stephen Philipson
Screenwriter: Sara St. Onge
Cinematographer: Catherine Lutes
Principal Cast: Lola Tash, Charlie Carrick, Krista Bridges, Rob Stewart, Richard Clarkin 

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