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'Molly's Game': a timely tale on female empowerment

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Molly's Game

Given the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations in the Hollywood, American screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, is a very relevant movie.

In Molly's Game, actress Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, a tough Olympic-class skier who ran an ultra-exclusive high-stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York where the players were almost entirely men.

While the sleekly-dressed Bloom gets a few compliments from the men at her table, including a drunken profession of love, she doesn't experience anything close to the sexual harassment or assault allegations that have dominated the headlines in recent weeks.

Still, Bloom's story is a timely tale of female empowerment, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

"In this moment in time when there's kind of a call of arms for women to say, 'Enough is enough', I think it's a very relevant movie," said the movie’s executive producer Leopoldo Gout, who met Bloom while she was still running her New York game.

Bloom herself agrees that the film is timely but added that she didn't encounter that sort of inappropriate behavior while she was running her games.

"There's definitely conversations about patriarchy, there are conversations about people abusing power," Bloom said.

"I did not run into anything like these horrific (sexual misconduct) stories that we are hearing about. My role in this game was very different. I was the banker, and I controlled the lists. I think when I made that transition from being a cocktail waitress in this game to running the list to bankrolling the games, I think my position was just personally very different.

"My heart goes out to them (the women speaking out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault). Things are changing,” she said.

The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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