The Assistant (Movie): Tipstor® Pick
Summary: The Assistant follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.
Starring: Alexander Chaplin, Bregje Heinen, Clara Wong, Dagmara Dominczyk, Devon Caraway, Jonny Orsini, Julia Garner, Juliana Canfield, Kristine Froseth, Lou Martini Jr., Makenzie Leigh, Matthew Macfadyen, Noah Robbins, Purva Bedi, Stéphanye Dussud
Movie: The Assistant (2020)
Channel: Amazon Prime, Youtube
Director: Kitty Green
Understated and characterized by frightening realism, The Assistant is a tense, atmospheric, and crucial film that highlights patriarchal toxicity in the workplace and brilliantly places the experience of the victim (and not the perpetrator) at the center of the story. It’s an immersive and anxious watch – an important mirror to and a stinging commentary on our times. Julia Garner gives an award-worthy performance, while the overcast cinematography and skilled direction perfectly cultivate a feeling of dystopian dread.