Molly's Game 'very relevant' in today’s world
The film is a story on female empowerment featuring Jessica Chastain in the lead role
Based on female empowerment, Molly's Game has Jessica Chastain playing 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, says its executive producer, Leopoldo Gout.
"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 film," says 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 behaviour while she was running her games. "I did not run into anything like these horrific stories that we are hearing about. My role in this game was very different. I was the banker, and I controlled the lists. I made the 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," she says, adding that her heart goes out to the women speaking out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault.