Kristen Stewart’s “Welcome to the Rileys” to debut at Los Angeles Film Festival

By Kim Palacios “Eclipse” won’t be the only Kristen Stewart film to make an appearance at the Los Angeles Film Fest–“Welcome to the Rileys” will also show on Friday 6/25 and Sunday 6/27. Heavy-hitting co-star James Gandolfini and critical acclaim following its January 2010 debut at Sundance have piqued interest among fans and critics. Also of interest is the risqué subject matter that makes it Stewart’s most mature film to date.

Gandolfini (the protagonist) plays Doug Riley, a wayward soul whose deteriorating life comes to a halt when he goes on a business trip in New Orleans. His sudden inertia comes at the culmination of a series of traumas, including his young daughter’s death eight years before, the deterioration of his marriage, and the recent death of his mistress.

Stewart plays Mallory, an underage stripper and prostitute who Doug meets while she is at work. Though Mallory treats Doug as she would a client (e.g., proffering sex for money), Doug is unable to indulge such a relationship because Mallory reminds him of his late daughter. And, so the pair become intertwined—Doug pays Mallory to stay in her apartment, but begins to care for her as he might care for a grown child. Yet, their lives remain complicated: Doug’s wife, Lois, eventually comes after him and Mallory doesn’t necessarily want a surrogate father.

The role is a far cry from anything Stewart has done in the past, given her child star status and the teen targeting of recent works such as the Twilight films. Few of her roles to date have found her personified as an adult and been geared toward adult audiences.

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