By: Laura Bennett
Can you run an illegal gambling ring with integrity?
Reading the synopsis for Mollyâs Game, youâd be understandably misled into thinking itâs a dark salacious tale about poker and the âglossyâ yet flawed world of high-stakes gamblers. Thatâs there, but itâs not the main point.
Before Molly Bloom was arrested in 2013 for running the worldâs largest illegal sports betting operation, she was an elite skier dreaming of the Olympics. Training for it all through her youth only to have a freak accident that relegated her to the sidelines, Mollyâs Game is about how a woman with a keen intellect and sharp wit chose to build a multi-million dollar gambling empire entertaining billionaires, actors, and Wall Street tycoons alike.
And yes, itâs based on a true story.
Speaking at a Q&A event in Sydney on the life of Molly Bloom, actress Jessica Chastain (who plays Molly) said hers is a story about a woman who âdefies expectationâ. Mollyâs tenacity flies in the face of her detractors, and she finds herself âhaving power over powerful menâ in a world women are traditionally shut out of. Molly doesnât manage the game the way men do, and it works in her favour.
There is some moral ambiguity in Mollyâs Game though: Can someone who has a fierce loyalty to the players, and at times tries to pull them back from major financial losses, still claim to be a person of integrity in an industry marked by brokenness and addiction?
Even at the point of her arrest, Molly fights to preserve the privacy of her clients, whose families and careers she said would risk permanent breakdown if she revealed all she could about them.
Make no mistake Mollyâs life isnât one viewers would necessarily aspire to, but as you learn more about her circumstance and the prejudice she rejected, you might just find yourself being inspired by her.
Mollyâs Game is in cinemas from February 1st.
Article supplied with thanks to Hope 103.2
About the Author: Laura Bennett is a media professional, broadcaster and writer from Sydney, Australia.
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