She said: After five years of #MeToo, the learning process is just beginning

sHe said It can be summed up in one picture. Halfway through the movie it comes off as a nightmare. During a seemingly endless montage of near-identical deserted hotel corridors, the real recording that model Ambra Patilana Gutierrez made for Harvey Weinstein in 2015 can be heard. She had filed a report the day before after the film’s producer made unwanted sexual advances, and she agreed to A second meeting, he is flagged down by the police and protected by secret agents nearby. It became one of the pieces of evidence in trials against a producer whose name has become synonymous with systematic abuse of power and sexual misconduct in the film industry (and outside it).

Maria Schrader’s film faithfully and thoroughly reconstructs The New York TimesAn investigative essay, “Harvey Weinstein Pays Sexual Harassment Accusers With Contracts,” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohy, published October 5, 2017, would eventually lead to Weinstein’s arrest, expose dozens of other cases, and spark what is now #MeToo. Call. their book She said (2019) is the basis of the movie.

Five years later, #MeToo is still everywhere. The culture of sexual assault in film and television is special because film media can not only represent the world, but also multiply and publicize those images and, if possible, contribute to the normalization of a certain type of behaviour. Nina Menkes has convincingly demonstrated in her whistleblower documentary that there is a connection between visual language and imagery, discrimination against women in the workplace and offending sexual behaviour. Brainwashedwhich was featured at IDFA last week.

Schrader applies all the lessons we’ve learned since #MeToo about camera choices and the need to not portray or exploit women solely for narrative purposes. That’s strong in him She said There are no actresses being played by other actresses. Ashley Judd, the first to come up with the name, “plays” herself. Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan in the roles of Kantor and Twohey aren’t just slick professionals looking for the scoop. They have a private life (although that is limited to motherhood too much).

That’s strong in him She said There are no actresses being played by other actresses

In particular, Schrader learned from Kitty Greens the assistant. This “Weinstein’s first feature film” didn’t show the offender as a monster, as Hollywood would have liked, but left him out of the picture and instead focused on what it does for women to be part of the world day in and day out. . Where men shoot who consider themselves inviolable.

She said It is an impossible tightrope action. A deeply touching movie. An important movie. Sometimes people unfamiliar with the world of movies were amazed at the fact that women volunteered to go into hotel rooms with Weinstein and others under the guise of castings or debates. But hotel room encounters were (and still are) all over the movie world. It’s a traveling circus shooting locations, New York agencies, Los Angeles studios, international film festivals and press outings in exotic locations. The rooms and corridors of hotels are the frontier spaces of this dream factory, no man’s land where the laws of reality and illusion rub against shoulders. With all its consequences.

The uneven balance of power in the world of cinema has yet to be rectified. Men continue to have the loudest voice, too, in the debate about how we should or can watch films marked by abuse and abuse on set. This case is still pending. In the community. in public opinion. in the group learning process. Women have had the courage to (re)find their voice over the past five years. But it is often overturned.

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