Synopsis: In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
Genre: Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Jennifer Phang
Production: Film Presence
  7 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


In the past 10 years,

the pace of communication

and commerce...

...accelerated astronomically,

didn't it?

That lecture was interminable,

I need an espresso.

Duchess Carrie likes espresso.

Who's Duchess Carrie?

Duchess Carrie likes certain things,

but not other things.

Can you figure out what

Duchess Carrie likes?

Caffeinated things?


- Tea?

- Nope.

With the Center's latest

technological innovation,

we are working to empower

the average person...

...with a pragmatic response... today's unforgiving jun...


...Impenetrable job market.

Uh, does she eat?

She eats croissants and crabapples.

She likes things that begin with 'C'?

No. She enjoys espresso.

No collaborating.


...She's French.

You need to play more games, Jules.

Only one of you can be the winner.

If you cheat, then nobody wins.

- And as a result...

- Adenine...

And due to overpopulation...



- Today's job market...

- Guanine.


There's no surprise that

anxiety and depression...


- ...have become the norm.

- Uracil.

Duchess Carrie likes looking at the moon.

Duchess Carrie loves feeling cool.

Moon, cool.

Double letters...

...Duchess Carrie likes double letters.

Jules already got it.

Not again.

Where's your umbrella?

It's not raining.

It is in Cherbourg.


Dave, you're calling me.

Don't you think we should

give this a little more time?

I need to talk to you face to face.

I wasn't calling about us.


It's something much more important.

End call.

- Gwen?

- This conversation has ended.

That's your mother?


She doesn't even look like a mom.

Holo me when you hear from Arcadia?

Tell her about

the Eastern Board luncheon.

I'll make sure my mom

holds you a spot.

I like it.

It's old looking.

Who was that with you guys?

Amanda Malthis.

Oh, you decided you like her?

She has interesting moments.

She wants me to go with her to this...

...bonding camp for Eastern.

So they're saying that

all this wacky hormonal stuff,

that's coming from pressure

to be hyper productive.

We have too many choices

and we're making the same ones...

...over and over again.

And they're the wrong choices actually.

So it's like natural deselection.

Our DNA is opting out.

Did you know that by the time

I'm 20, I may not have...

...any ova left?

You know, for babies.

You'd think awareness

would help things, but...

...Awareness influences things.

It just takes time.

How much time?



I was going to tell you when

you were a little bit older.

About the eggs.

I can adopt from other regions.

There's always going

to be orphans who aren't... lucky as us,

who need families.


And I've always wanted a big family.

Oh, crud.


It's an automated message

from Arcadia.

Uh, I can't listen.

This is Melanie Matthews

from Arcadia Prep.

Dean's Office.

Although Jules' grades were top-notch...

...and her test scores were excellent,

there were a record number

of applications this year.

And ultimately,

due to capacity issues,

we could not make Jules

part of Arcadia Prep.

And I see the workers fill...

...those buildings.

These guys are going to get our economy...

...moving again...

...with their innovation and productivity.

There is a bright future ahead.

Rebel group Terra Mamoria... claiming responsibility

for two of the four nation's...

...explosions today.

That's a beautiful one.

Here at the Center for

Advanced Health and Living,

our procedure provides

a solution for any long-term... concerns.

The experience is akin

to a seamless jump into...

...a disease-free body...

...of your choosing.

Through a lossless,

relatively painless process.

Would that this process

were more painless.

Let's review Gwen's old test.

It'll remind us of what we're looking for.

Do they know it could take

a year to find someone... uniquely qualified?

Gwen Koh's test, please.

Username, please.

Isa Cryer, damn it. We've been

here all afternoon.

In fact, the decisions

we make in life define us.

So, shouldn't every woman

be defined by the totality...

...of her choices?

Rather than her race,

height or health?

These are things she often

cannot control.

Here at the Center for

Advanced Health and Living,

we are working to offer you

the safest alternatives... invasive cosmetic surgery... you'll have every

chance to be the you... were meant to be.

Thanks for taking my call, Dave.

I'm sorry, Mr. Fisher.

I know you're quite busy.

That's all right, what's up?

I've been thinking about

my contract renewal.

I've been working

below rate for a while.

Yes. You know, we've just

been talking about that.

You were?

Marketing just submitted

a report showing...

...pretty clearly that...

...a younger demographic

would benefit from...

...awareness of our technology.

And we simply can't afford to alienate...

...any potential market.

Of course.

The board just realized,

albeit on the late side,

that we're obligated to

go a different direction...

...for the face of the Center.

Have... Have you already

found your younger candidate?

They've started to search.

Isa Cryer is aggressively

reviewing candidates.

Gwen, I did fight for you.

There's no question that you

possess the highest level of...

...poise, talent and beauty.

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Jacqueline Kim

Jacqueline Joan Kim (born March 31, 1965) is an American writer, actress, filmmaker and composer. She was nominated for a FIND Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress in the film, Charlotte Sometimes. more…

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