Rental of the Week
Curzon Home Cinema
Another film that was swiped from the multiplex by the lockdown, 'The Assistant' joins Bombshell, The Loudest Voice and The Morning Show in examining the workplace through the #MeToo lens.
Jane, a high-achieving college graduate finds herself on the bottom rung of the ladder as a junior assistant to an unnamed entertainment mogul in New York. The appointment may hold promises of great opportunities ahead, but for now it’s fairly soul destroying. The opening sequence finds Jane being driven to the office before dawn, turning on the lights above her colleagues’ desks – first in, last out. Her tasks are menial yet weirdly demanding: making coffee, changing the paper in the photocopier, ordering lunch, and arranging travel and accommodation for an ever-changing roster of offhand executives and needy clients.
Yet as Jane follows her daily routine she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colours 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.
The Guardian ****