Holly (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Guy Moshe
Produced by Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson
Nava Levin
Written by Guy Moshe
Guy Jacobson
Starring Ron Livingston
Chris Penn
Virginie Ledoyen
Udo Kier
Thuy Nguyen
Music by Tôn-Thât Tiêt
Cinematography Yaron Orbach
Edited by Isabela Monteiro de Castro
Distributed by Easternlight Films
Release date
  • August 16, 2006 (2006-08-16) (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Holly is a 2006 drama film about an American stolen artifacts dealer in Cambodia who tries to save a young girl from child traffickers. The film was directed by Guy Moshe, and stars Ron Livingston, Chris Penn (in his final film appearance), and Thuy Nguyen.

Shot on location in Cambodia, it includes many scenes in actual brothels in the notorious red light district of Phnom Penh.


Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American card shark and dealer of stolen artifacts, has been ‘comfortably numb’ in Cambodia for years, when he encounters Holly (Thuy Nguyen), a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, in the K11 red light village. The girl has been sold by her impoverished family and smuggled across the border to work as a prostitute.

Holly’s virginity makes her a lucrative prize, and when she is sold to a child trafficker, Patrick embarks on a frantic search through the both beautiful and sordid faces of the country, in an attempt to bring her to safety. Harsh, yet poetic, this feature forms part of the ‘K-11’ Project, utilizing mass media to raise awareness of the global child trafficking epidemic. The producers are executing the K-11 Project in conjunction with their non-profit, the Redlight Children Campaign, which is a worldwide grassroots initiative generating conscious concern and inspiring immediate action against child sexploitation.

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