Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Equity

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Equity

Article excerpt

Equity

(2016)

Directed by Meera Menon

I've been thinking a lot lately about how we give our lives meaning: what makes life worth living? In America, one of the popular options is the accumulation of wealth (this may include the accumulation of power), the stockpiling of consumer goods, living a life of luxury, and so on. Is this the American dream? It's at least one version of it.

Equity is a film about three women who are seeking equity - an equal opportunity at giving their lives meaning by playing the Wall Street game. Each, in her own way, and each coming from a different background, gives her life meaning through financial success. At the beginning of the movie one of the women says: "Don't let money be a dirty word." And, at the end of the movie, another one of the women says: "Money doesn't have to be a dirty word." This theme continues throughout the movie and, what makes this movie different is that it's women, rather than men, seeking the wealth.

The game, however, is just as ugly for women as it is for men. What it takes from the soul is always the same. The phrase, "Beware of what you wish for," might be as applicable to the women of this film as it is to the men of Wall Street. While the movie is about women seeking equity, it also raises the question of whether or not such a goal is worth the sacrifice. …

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