New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: 52 Films By Women: Advantageous (2015)

By Andrea Thompson

Determination didn’t seem like the right word to describe how far one mother was willing to go to provide a future for her daughter in the 2015 film “Advantageous.” What Gwen (Jacqueline Kim), the mother in question, was trying to accomplish was no less than fighting her way through an entire system built around the commodification of her body and her life. Hence my search for a word which would somehow adequately describe Gwen’s resolve to quietly triumph over the odds. Would any do her justice? Not a new discovery exactly, but rather, a rediscovery of sorts.

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