The Assistant

A film by Kit­ty Green. Soon at the fsk. In Eng­lish with Ger­man subtitles.

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Ano­t­her day at the office. Jane, the new assi­stant to a power­ful media mogul, is the first to arri­ve and, by the end of the film, will be the last to lea­ve. She does her job, endu­res her col­leagues’ con­stant hos­ti­li­ty and app­lies herself to her gro­wing pile of tasks with pain­sta­king pre­cisi­on: prin­ting out sche­du­les, arran­ging tra­vel, orde­ring lunch and tidy­ing up her boss’s office. Without him ever once put­ting in an appearan­ce in front of the came­ra, his exis­tence is none­theless all-per­va­si­ve – for both Jane and the audi­ence. We hear him on the other end of the pho­ne repri­man­ding Jane; we also wit­ness the array of attrac­ti­ve young women who are paying a visit to the com­pa­ny at his behest. Jane’s sus­pi­ci­ons and dis­com­fort spin out of con­trol as it beco­mes clear that she is part of an abu­si­ve system.
Assem­bled with visu­al rigo­ur and nar­ra­ti­ve quietu­de, Kit­ty Green’s grip­ping fic­tio­n­al debut homes in on opp­res­si­ve prac­ti­ces in a work­place and depicts the abu­se taking place behind clo­sed doors from the per­spec­ti­ve of tho­se who are its wil­ling or unwil­ling enab­lers. By the end, we may not have seen much, but we under­stand everything.

 
Credits:

US 2019, 87 Min., engl. OmU,
Regie: Kit­ty Green
Kame­ra: Micha­el Latham
Schnitt: Kit­ty Green, Blair McClendon
mit Julia Gar­ner, Mat­thew Mac­fa­dy­en, Maken­zie Leigh, Kris­ti­ne Froseth

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