"Come Early Morning" was an amazing film. I waited in line for two hours in order to see it and it was worth it. The film stars Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Diane Ladd, and Scott Wilson. It is directed by Joey Loren Adams. The film is about a young woman who's dysfunctional family life has driven her to become an alcoholic. Judd's character is Lucy and Lucy wakes up nearly every morning with a hang-over headache beside some strange man she does not know.
Lucy flees the scene of her crime so she does not have to endure the "morning after" awkwardness with the men she has slept with. Rather, she pulls on her jeans, calls a taxi and returns to her home to drink a soda and swallow aspirin powder to cure her headache. Lucy's morning ritual shows audiences just how determined she is to avoid any kind of intimacy with men. Soon we are introduced to Lowell, Lucy's estranged father. Lowell is also a drunk. Lucy attempts to forge some sort of relationship with Lowell when she asks to attend church with him. He reluctantly agrees to arrangement but his taciturn nature never changes.
Instead, we see Lucy grow increasingly desperate and frustrated to reach out to her father. In one pivotal scene Lucy drunkenly appears at his door in the middle of the night. She bangs on the door and begs for Lowell to let her in. When he ignores her pleas, she becomes hysterical. This is really the first time in which we see evidence that Lucy has feelings. Until this time, Lucy has used alcohol to numb any feelings she might have otherwise been able to show.
By the end of the film, Lucy comes to realize that she has to stop looking at her father, her family and the men that she sleeps with as the problem; rather she has to look at herself and figure out what she can change.
I really enjoyed this film because it explores how fragile human beings are, even though some of us try to hide our vulnerability. This film made me optimistic about my future. Sometimes we all feel alone, as if few people can understand or connect with us. However, sometimes it is just a matter of looking at yourself to understand why we feel alone.