A searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.
Hoping to change her life, Marina, a small town girl, embarks on a journey to a life coaching event. But an unexpected delay at a St. Petersburg airport sends her on a 24 hour comedic spree... See full summary »
The year 1910, before revolution in Russian Empire. The gold miner from Yekaterinburg, Nikolai Kamenev makes the profitable deal with Bulgarian manufacturer Dimitar Yvovich, with the ... See full summary »
A young officer, Ivan Demarin, is sent to the depths of Siberia. Here Ivan meets his first love and, together with his regiment, finds himself drawn into a conspiracy by local princes, who are hunting for Yarkand's gold.
No meteorites hit Earth, no terrorists put the world in danger, no atomic war was started, but something did go wrong. Contact between most towns on Earth has been severed. A small ... See full summary »
An ordinary working class boy, like all his peers, he played football day and night and dreamed of being a striker. But no matter which team he played for - in the yard, at the factory, or in the army - he was inevitably put in goal.
After a mysterious accident a young architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world. He must find out the exact laws and regulations of it as he fights for his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world.
This is a story of two old folks, who have spent most of their lives behind prison walls. Now, as seventy year old men, they have been granted amnesty. Both men have a passionate desire to ... See full summary »
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.Written by
Julia Garner shines in stifling and devastating office working environment drama
"The Assistant" (2019 release; 85 min.) brings a day in the life of Jane. As the movie opens, Jane comes into the office at a pre-dawn hour, and get the office ready for another work week. She seems to be doing a little bit of everything (answering the office phone, collecting documents, cleaning up, etc.) Gradually people are filing in, and we understand pretty quickly that this is a film production house, with a stifling working environment and the shadows of the (always off-camera) head of the company lurking everywhere. At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the latest from Australian writer-director Kitty Green, but the first film she's directed that is not a documentary. The fictional story, which plays out over a single working day, is plot-heavy so let me just make a couple of general observations. First, the film is set almost entirely in the production company offices, and hence feels a bit like a theater play. Second, the movie is minimalist in approach, and what you hear off-camera and off-screen is just as important as what is on the screen (and interestingly, in the movie's closing credits, there are almost as many "voice characters" listed as there are acting performers). Third, the director is able to perfectly capture the stifling office environment, to the point where you get a sinking feeling in your stomach, and what I kept thinking was "is this what it was like at the Weinstein Company offices?". Last, but certainly not least, major kudos for the fantastic performance by Julia Garner as Jane. Garner She has been around for about a decade, but this may truly be her breakout role.
"The Assistant" premiered at last year's Telluride film festival to immediate acclaim, and it is no accident that this movie is currently certified 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie received a limited release in late January and has been rolling out to more cities in the subsequent weeks. It opens this weekend at my local art-house here in Cincinnati and I couldn't wait to see it. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was not attended well (7 people in total, to be exact), and that is a darn shame. If you are interested in better understanding the toxic working environment that many women have to live through in this day and age, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this