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Cinematheque at Home: The Assistant

Held over! Plays May 1 - 29
Directed by Kitty Green
2019, USA, 87 min

Some are calling it the first great movie about the “me too” movement. The Assistant is a chilling tale about the toxic workplace that a new office assistant must face every day as she carries out the daily tasks of serving a Hollywood producer. Julia Garner (Emmy winning star of Netflix’s Ozark and Waco) gives a superb performance as a new aspiring producer who is working in a dysfunctional workplace as an office assistant to a high powered film executive. Succession star Matthew Macfadyen portrays an executive who has to call out Jane for making an office complaint. We never see her boss directly but it is clear from the tense office atmosphere and whispered conversations the film is alluding to executives like Harvey Weinstein. All the signs of abuse are there from the subtle bullying and intense fearful look in Jane’s eyes to the need for perfection in mundane office tasks.


Cinematheque at Home – curated by the Cinematheque – will offer new theatrical releases every week which our audiences can pay to stream through our website (by clicking the ‘buy tickets’ button). This is not only an opportunity for our patrons to see new cinema, but is an important way that they can continue to support independent film during this pandemic.

Reviews

Director Kitty Green’s urgent real-time thriller marks the first narrative depiction of life under Weinstein's menacing grip. “The Assistant” is an essential reminder of why it took so long for the world to hear about it.
- Erik Kohn, IndieWIRE
Julia Garner puts everything into Jane’s watchful gaze: fear, anxiety, incredulity, exhaustion; the rare lightning-bolt flash of rebellion. And she finds the telling details in her smallest interactions.
- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Today
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