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About the Movie
In a metropolis in the near future, Gwen Koh, a beautiful woman full of poise and grace, works as the spokesperson for the Center for Advanced Health and Living, a company that offers a radical new technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when a shift in company priorities threatens her job and her family, will Gwen undergo the procedure herself?
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A picture emerges that at times suggests a strange if alluring mash-up of "Stella Dallas" and Michel Foucault, with a smidgen of Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville" and a hint of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale."
Rotten: Unfortunately, the stilted script and portentous direction make Advantageous, a film written and directed by Asian-American women, a missed opportunity.
Fresh: It's not hard to imagine it becoming cult viewing in places like Berkeley, the director's city of birth, or any college town or urban area with the right critical density of literature, film and women's studies majors who sometimes read Wired.
Fresh: From its arresting first scenes, Phang's film is as much about why? as it is what next?
Sci Fi with heart
I think it is refreshing to see a Science Fiction film that isn’t packed to the brim with flashy visual FX and aliens. Science Fiction at its core is more about the human condition than alien worlds. Its a reflection of human behavior and interaction. Advantageous sticks to the roots of Sci-Fi and presents a touching story or a single mother and her daughter. It challenges the love of a mother and spins a somewhat faustian tale of how much a parent is willing to sacrifice in order to assure success and happiness for their children. This is Science Fiction at its absolute best !!!
Visionary minimalist sci fi - A must see!
Saw this at Sundance and was very impressed! If you complain about the quality of genre filmmaking today, see this film and support it! We need more women filmmakers, filmmakers and cast of color! Advantageous hits all those marks and remains smart sci-fi with a heart.
Touching and Insightful
It's a beautiful film, visually stunning and ideologically insightful!
It is a sci-fi sets in near future. But the human conditions, social enviroment etc are something realistic, something reflects nowaday issues. With this futuristic background, it tells a mother-daughter story - to explore how a parent could sacrifice for their children. Under the high pressured and desperating circumstances they face, the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter is even stronger. Very touching. Reminds me of my parents and my childhood a lot.