Said Said – Newspaper Film

An entertaining reconstruction of the journalistic work that heralded the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and broke the culture of silence.

“It’s hard to ask women to speak up,” says Megan Twoohy (Carrie Mulligan). She said vs. Judy Kantor (Zoe Kazan). The film reconstructs how reporters from New York times The downfall of film producer Harvey Weinstein heralded a powerful piece of investigative journalism. They won a Pulitzer Prize and Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2020 for assault and rape.

But what makes the case particularly important is the gates opened by Weinstein’s revelations. After the first publications of Cantor and Tothey (and around the same time as those of Ronan Farrow in New YorkerIn 2017, Twitter was inundated with similar experiences of abuse of power and sexual assault.

Under the hashtag #MeToo, those testimonials swept far beyond the confines of Weinstein’s production company Miramax and the film industry — and the tide is still running after five years. She said, after the book of the same name by journalists, returns to the source. To the exact search that preceded the publication of that first article on October 5, 2017 (the movie ends as soon as you click publish). But especially for what it all started: providing a platform for women where they can have their voices heard.

She said A movie about silence. The silence of Hollywood, in which Weinstein’s misbehavior was an open secret. The silence of the victims. Weinstein bought his silence through the settlements. The film shows that the silence was deeper. It is also about the fear and shame that women internalize from an early age. We teach girls that you should never ride a bike home alone in the dark, that it’s best to sit in the aisle on the train, and that you should have a phone on your ear outside at night. Young women about Weinstein also exchanged defense mechanisms. Put two clothes on top of each other. Never sit next to him on the sofa, always in a chair with a backrest.

The movie shows how much it takes to break this silence. She said The work of the sometimes slightly naïve Kantor and the more experienced Twohey is shown as a tireless collection of sources and documents, but above all as a meticulous and lengthy process of persuading women to tell their story. The film reconstructs this process entertainingly and stays close to Kantor and Twohey’s book.

She said Stands in the tradition of press films such as Spotlight (2015) and the post (2017) which in turn owes to the incomparable All the president’s men (1976), Alan J. Bakula’s film about the Watergate discoveries by Washington Post. The fact that subsequent films do not top that may be due to the changing nature of journalistic work. Shaded parking garages have been replaced by the internet and smartphones – less interesting visually.

Although that too She said Playing tricks (the film makes up for the lack of theatrical sets with another shot of busy New York), director Maria Schrader (Unconventional2020; H Ben Din Manch, 2021) some interesting choices about what makes it visible and what it doesn’t. Well-known actresses who acted as sources are either self-present or unseen. In the movie, Weinstein was just a booming voice on the phone and the back of his head shivering with anger. It’s an attempt not to let this movie talk about it. To silence him for a change.

What we see mainly are the former employees of Miramax, the women who have gone out without revealing their identities. Like Laura Madden, played by the beautifully fragile Jennifer Elle, who tells her story on the beach where her children play away. Or Zelda Perkins (Samantha Morton), who handed important documents to Judy Kantor. Morton plays this short but impressive scene with a disciplined restraint that sparkles with fury. It is in these scenes that the film becomes more than just a reconstruction. While the MeToo movement has inevitably become more complex in the intervening years, due to counter-movements and gray areas, the film is a call to continue listening to the women who speak up.

Leave a Comment