“You know the only reason you’ve got my Georgie and not me is because of money,” a Texas woman (Abbie Cornish) slings at her mother early into the trailer for David Riker’s “The Girl,” and she’s right. Issues of money are what set the trailer, and the film, into motion — but it seems money has no true place on the journey these characters take through the rest of the trailer.
Money is the reason she loses custody of her son; money is what she needs for her forthcoming custody battle; money is why she decides to help smuggle illegal immigrants over the border. But, when a dangerous trek through the Rio Grande with a pack of human cargo leaves her to care for a young, now-motherless Mexican girl, income seems to lose its once-shining value. Can money right what’s been wronged? Can money bring the young girl’s mother back?
With her performance being hailed by critics throughout the trailer as “impressive” and “riveting,” Cornish takes on the role of Texas woman who desperately wants to mother her own child — but finds herself facing an unexpected, ethical dilemma with someone else’s. The film, which looks to take its characters on a challenging, emotional journey, will have a limited theatrical release on December 14. Watch the trailer below: