Welcome to the Rileys
Doug Riley and his wife Lois have been living a half life since their daughter Emily was killed eight years ago. Doug has coped by having an affair with Vivian, a waitress. Lois has struggled, harbouring a secret and devastating sense of guilt for her daughter’s death. She has withdrawn into herself and hides a away from the outside world.
When Vivian dies, Doug is lost. On a business trip to Baton Rouge he finds himself at a crossroads. And in a strip club. A 16 year old lap dancer Mallory offers him ‘extras’ in a private room. He declines but accompanies her home to her run down apartment and makes his own proposition. Doug rings Lois and tells her he isn’t coming home.
Helpless on her own, Lois, a woman previously unable to make it 20 yards to the mailbox, realises that she will have to take drastic action if she is to save her marriage. For the first time in 8 years, and after a couple of failed attempts, she manages to reach her car and start driving, headed south.
When she finally arrives to find her husband living with a foul-mouthed young hooker, Lois is predictably horrified. But, like Doug before her, she is taken with Mallory’s similarities to Emily. Lois moves in and the three of them form an unusual family unit. But Mallory soon bridles at the attempts to mend her wicked ways. She’s not ready to be anyone’s surrogate daughter just yet. Sparks fly. Mallory isn’t about to complete the pretty picture just yet. She’s a teenager after all.
2010 – Boston Film Festival
Won: Festival Prize – Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo)
2011 – Milano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards)
Won: Best Actress (Kristen Stewart)
2010 – Deauville Film Festival
Nominated: Grand Special Prize (Jake Scott)
2010 – Sundance Film Festival
Nominated: Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic (Jake Scott)
2010 – Woodstock Film Festival
Nominated: Jury Prize – Best Narrative Feature (Jake Scott)