The Assistant

2020 | USA | 87 mins | M, Offensive language & sexual themes

  • Director: Kitty Green (‘Ukraine is not a Brothel’, ‘Casting JonBenet’)
  • Writer: Kitty Green
  • Cast: Julia Garner, Makenzie Leigh, Matthew Macfadyen, Kristine Froseth, Dagmara Dominczyk, Noah Robbins, Alexander Chaplin, Clara Wong
  • Drama, Thriller, Festival & Independent



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The whole point of Green’s film is the routine, submerged, and invisible quality of its horrors: you can readily believe Tuesday might be even worse.
Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

What makes the film such a spare but searingly insightful treatment of the issues at the core of Me Too is the way it refuses to separate its unseen executive’s sexual predation from the larger structures that enable it.

Remarkably assured, bold and precise … gut-wrenching and evocative and atmospherically rich … It all adds up to a stunning package, which also has something truly serious to say, and says it with breathtaking audacity. Brilliant.
CJ Johnson, Film Mafia