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Culture Maven review: "The Assistant"

Bleecker Street

Listeners be advised, this podcast review was inadvertently recorded at a low volume. c d kaplan, the Culture Maven has issued this statement: “My profuse apologies for my breach of professionalism, when recording this review of ‘The Assistant.’ I was having a low talking day, but that’s no excuse. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and vow I shall take every precaution to see it does not happen again.”

Film Review and podcast by c d kaplan

Julia Garner is mesmerizing in Kitty Green’s marvelously understated film about office politics, and what happens when one suspects the boss is a sexual predator, and tries to do something about it.

The quiet, austere film takes place entirely within the context of a single workday of Garner’s character, a recent college grad who hopes to produce films eventually, but has a starting job as the boss’s gofer.

The beauty here is in the details and subtlety. And Garner’s performance.

For more about the film, listen to the podcast above.

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