Rating: 8 of 10
Explores the pressures faced by working single moms in a futuristic society that values beauty and wealth over everything else.
Synopsis: “Set in the near future, ADVANTAGEOUS focuses on Gwen Koh (Jacqueline Kim), a single mother, whose aspirations for her daughter drive her to the precipice of a fraught decision…
Gwen works as a spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living (an innocuous sounding organization that is, in fact, a corporate behemoth) and finds that she is in danger of losing her job. That would make it impossible for her to send her daughter Jules to private school, a termed “advantage” that in actuality is more a necessity to shield Jules from this future society’s brutal economic disparities. The Center’s newest and untested health procedure offers Gwen a dangerous, life-altering chance to continue her career. To weigh her options, Gwen attempts to reconnect with an estranged relative, but as seems standard for all in this dystopian landscape, Gwen remains alienated and alone.” (source)
My thoughts: I freaking LOVED this movie. When it was over I wanted to talk about it with someone so bad; alas, no one around. Jacqueline Kim should’ve at least been nominated for an Oscar. From a non-actor perspective it seems to me that over-the-top performances would be the simplest. But what Kim does in ADVANTAGEOUS is so…quiet yet fierce.
(Watched on Netflix 10/18/2015)