"Wall Street women reinvent the word 'stockbroker'"
The synopsis (four real-life women contend with careers in the stock market) doesn't exactly scream excitement, but if you're looking for an insightful and satisfying documentary about the advancement of gender roles in the high-powered Wall St. workplace, you'll find much to enjoy here.Four astoundingly intelligent women rampage through the Wall St. trenches, somehow managing to astonish their superiors, earn massive promotions, capably support their families, and even birth a few new babies! I get tired just thinking about their schedules.
Directors Elizabeth Holder and Xan Parker present an enjoyably matter-of-fact presentation of their four subjects; no transparencies or self-serving manipulations. It's easier for documentarians to do this when their subject material is interesting or inspiring in their own right.
Louise Jones, Carol Warner Wilke, Kimberly Euston and Amber Umhad have taken very different paths to the world of high finance, though each is a testament to the importance of hard work and dedication to a career you love. It helps a lot that the women immediately seem like real people who've earned their big successes and not a crew of 'spoiled rich people'. There's something really endearing about watching a woman tickle her toddler as she brokers a multi-million dollar exchange.
That each of these women are wealthy, successful and surrounded by loving families is not to imply this is some sort of Rich & Famous puff piece. The focus here is on how several gender barriers have been succesfully demolished - and after seeing such skillful female professionals in action, one gets annoyed that it didn't happen even earlier.Scheduled to premiere later this year on The Oxygen Network, Risk/Reward is more than just some "chick flick documentary". Taken as both an expose on four feminine success stories and an enjoyably informative primer on the inner workings of Wall St., Risk/Reward is good stuff for guys as well as gals.
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Tribeca Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival series, click here.