The Assistance ★★★1/2 Letterboxd Score
Direction by: Kitty Green
Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew MacFadyen, Mackenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth
Bleecker Street Productions, In Theatres January 31st, 2020
Right after watching “The Climb” we learned that the ONLY ROAD leading to the Sundance Mountain Resort was closed, due to a roll over accident. We had not planned to wait in the next waitlist. However, this gave us an unexpected opportunity to screen the next film “The Assistant” which my friend and I had no intentions of going, but I was so glad, because I actually had “The Assistant” on my list. “The Assistant” was not all what I was expecting it to be.
When I first saw the trailer for Kitty Green’s new film about an assistant that experiences sexual harassment in the workforce I pictured this film to be thrilling, a whirlwind of sneaking around and taking the down the man but it was none of that. This to me, made fit scarier. We begin this journey following Jane (Julia Garner) as she begins her day as an assistant for a film executive and that is it, we just follow her as she works. The thing that is different about this film is that it’s more than just what it seems to be. You are put right in the perspective of someone who sees from the inside sexual harassement. It’s actually really hard to explain your feelings about this movie.
See how you want to see it, but this is just an example of what actually happens in real life.