This film is an effort to examine how, little by little, one can go from being conscientious and considerate to being careless and ambivalent. How, over time, slips in one's moral compass can lead to lapses in judgment; perhaps even lead to evil. The story juxtaposes the material desires of a poor young woman with the physical needs of her wealthy elderly aunt. So, really, this is just the age-old social security debate, which is as relevant in today’s political climate as it was back in 1980, during the Reagan-Carter election—the period when this story takes place.
As I have done previously, I intentionally mixed genres in this film. On the one hand, I wanted to capture the foreboding tone and quiet atmosphere of classic gothic horror films, e.g., BURNT OFFERINGS, LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, BLACK SABBATH (THE DROP OF WATER). On the other, I also wanted it to be a romantic, female-driven psychological thriller, e.g., 3 WOMEN, PERSONA, MY SUMMER OF LOVE. Consequently, SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL is more of a gothic romance than anything else, and a deliberate tribute to those films.
My hope is that you’ll find an amalgam of my cinematic influences while giving a little thought to the dangerous way in which small moral compromises can lead down a slippery slope to larger ethical lapses.
—A.D. Calvo, writer-director, producer
A.D. Calvo (b. Buenos Aires) premiered THE MISSING GIRL, a dark comedy starring Robert Longstreet, at the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival. Calvo has returned to his horror roots with SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL, a character-driven Gothic Romance set in 1980. In 2008, he completed his feature debut, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS—a romantic ghost story released by Showtime and FOX Television International. His second feature, THE MELANCHOLY FANTASTIC, starred Robin Lord Taylor, now known for his role as The Penguin in FOX's Gotham. Calvo's credits also include two young-adult horror films, HOUSE OF DUST and THE MIDNIGHT GAME; both of which were released by Anchor Bay and Redbox.