The Undertow is the story of Jessa, an ambitious girl with a wry sense of humor, who is living with her single mother. She is a 17-year-old high school swimmer with the potential for a career as a professional swimmer. As the film opens Jessa discovers that she is pregnant. As a young woman and a star athlete, this is one of the worst personal circumstances that Jessa can find herself in. She quickly learns that she has been accepted to a great school on a swimming scholarship, and the decision about whether to keep the baby weighs heavily upon her. She struggles with telling her close friends and family about the pregnancy, and when she does she finds little to no support. To her surprise, her most loathed classmate, Sutton, ends up helping her through the decision making process. Jessa eventually makes a difficult decision and decides to get an abortion in order to move forward with her life in the way she desires.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and dicrection; Short films--Technique; Swimmers--Drama; Teenage pregnancy--Drama
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CIAS)
Foley, Rachel, "The Undertow" (2014). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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