Content Note: sexism, sexual harrassment, rape culture
Jane (Julia Garner) works as an assistant for a famous film executive. She is usually the first to come in and the last to leave, utterly dedicated to her job and hoping that it is going to be the jumping off point for her own career as a producer. But rumors abound about the executive and his treatment of women, and in the course of a single day, Jane witnesses enough things to make her very concerned, especially when very young and very pretty Sienna (Kristine Froseth) shows up as a new assistant and hopeful actor.
The Assistant is a quiet film that looks at the many ways that sexual harrassment is present and protected in the workplace, especially in the film industry. It does so with a great lead and a lot of knowledge about both harrassment and the film industry. It’s hard to watch in the best of ways.Continue reading