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.
Writer/Director: Kitty Green
Executive Producers: Abigail Disney, Philipp Engelhorn, Avy Eschenasy, Leah Giblin, John Howard, Sean King O'Grady, Mark Roberts, The Level Forward Team
Producers: Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, Ross Jacobson, James Schamus, P. Jennifer Dana
Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen
"...adopts such a gradual pace that it sometimes works against the stunning performance at its center, but there’s no doubting the hypnotic power of a movie that digs inside Weinstein’s harrowing reign and observes the mechanics that allowed it to last so long. A quiet work with major ambitions, “The Assistant” is a significant cultural statement in cinematic form."
"...shines a light on how the culture of acceptance that enables such crimes erodes the ambition, safety and souls of dutiful young women like her who are all but invisible. It’s a devastating realization, making the film sneakily impactful."
"The weight of the world is on her shoulders, and thanks to Garner’s nuanced performance and Green’s skillful direction, we feel it upon ours too."