Trust Fund is a contemporary Prodigal Daughter story. Reese is a young, aspiring writer with a free spirit. She could have a job working for her family's publishing company, which you might think would be the dream opportunity for someone who wants to be a writer. Yet, that isn't the life she dreams of for herself. Her older sister Audrey, however, is a Type A personality. She dutifully works for their father, assumes the role of responsible sibling, and doesn't understand her sister's carefree ways.
When Reese finds out that her father has been keeping a secret, one that is life changing for both herself and even her sister, she impulsively takes things into her own hands in order to live the life she thinks she's missing. While she is chasing love and dreams in Italy, Audrey is bewildered by her father's behavior and attitude towards Reese's decisions.
It doesn't take long for Reese to return home with heartache and regret. As the story continues to unfold, we see older sister Audrey struggling with anger towards her sister, Reese struggling to understand and forgive herself, and a father trying to help them understand each other through his own forgiving love. The Prodigal Son is a Biblical parable often mirrored in literature and media, so the story line is fairly predictable, but there were still a few plot surprises here and there. In the end though, we see a father's compassion and forgiveness teach his children about unconditional love. Just like God's love.
The movie is rated PG for mild thematic elements and smoking. While Reese is off living her life, she witnesses some illegal actions, and it is assumed that she is living with a man, but there are no indecent scenes. There is no foul language, wardrobes are modest and there aren't any innuendos or other objectionable content. It's not something that would interest my elementary boys, but I would let them watch it. It's clean, family-friendly entertainment. I'd say teens and adults, and likely some pre-teens, are the audience to enjoy the movie the most.
In addition to the movie, crew members had the option to receive the book Love Was Near, written by Sandra Martin, that is intended to be read afterwards. It is targeted at girls ages 12+ and shows kind of a "behind the scenes" look at Reese and her thoughts about this chapter in her life. You can also find a downloadable study guide to use in small groups.
About Mapelle Films
Trust Fund is the creative fruits of husband and wife team Issac Alongi and Sandra Martin. Issac Alongi is a cinematographer and producer. He has over 20 years of experience in feature films, television, documentaries and more. He has worked with major networks like National Geographic, ABC, and the History Channel. His work on a series of historical films won him two Emmys. Sandra Martin is a writer, director and producer, and has authored three books. Her experience spans film production, film edition, post-production and marketing.
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