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The Assistant

The Assistant: Julia Garner is Jane, an assistant for a producing company. Recently graduate from college, she has been on her job for about two months and hopes that this job will get her started on her career. The film happens during the course of one workday, from when she checks arrives at work before sunrise and leaves after dark. This is a really powerful film about the workplace harassment, a much more realistic one that last year’s Bombshell. The toxicity of the workplace unfolds slowly; it is small things that you notice and then brush aside. But as the day goes on, what is happening slowly becomes more obvious, and the film has a way of making you angry for what Jane is going through. It is quite amazing that you never actually see her boss; you are constantly aware of his presence through emails and muffled voices on the other side of the wall. There is a scene when she goes to HR that is just devastating. Julia Garner is fantastic as a young woman who feels trapped in wanting her job but suffocating under the weight of the environment. Her facial expressions tell so much of the story; she carries this convincingly without any outbursts or angry responses. Big thumbs up from me for a film that tells an important story and also features one of the best acting performances so far this year. (2020; 4.5 Stars)

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