Molly's Theory of Relativity is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Jeff Lipsky. It stars Sophia Takal as Molly, a young astronomer who has lost her job and is considering moving to Norway with her husband Zak (Lawrence Michael Levine). On Halloween night, she is visited by various relatives and strangers who offer her advice, insights and memories. The film explores themes of family, identity, mortality and time.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of the cast but criticized the dialogue, the plot and the director's self-indulgence. The film has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews, with an average score of 3.4/10. The film also has a 40% rating on Metacritic based on 5 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
If you are interested in watching Molly's Theory of Relativity, you can find it online on various streaming platforms. You can rent or buy the film on Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple TV or Kino Now. You can also watch it for free on Plex.
The film is divided into two parts: the first part shows Molly's interactions with her visitors, who include her father Asher (Reed Birney), her grandfather Boris (Adam LeFevre), her niece Ruby (Daisy Tahan), her brother-in-law Chet (Nicholas Lampiasi), her mother-in-law Sylvie (Rebecca Schull), her friend Natasha (Cady Huffman) and a mysterious man named Uncle Eli (Tom Morrissey). The second part shows Molly's decision and its consequences.
The film is influenced by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, which states that time and space are relative to the observer. The film plays with the concept of time dilation, which means that time passes differently for different observers depending on their speed and gravity. The film also uses flashbacks, flash-forwards and dream sequences to show Molly's past, present and future.
The film is a personal project for Lipsky, who has said that he was inspired by his own family and his fascination with physics. He has also said that he wanted to make a film that was "about everything". The film was shot in 18 days on a low budget in New York City. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013 and was released theatrically in the United States in October 2013. ec8f644aee