The Assistant ★★★★

When she reassures a stressed woman on the other end of the phone “It’s not your fault, it’s ok, I fix it” I wanted to scream.

This is really terrific, it’s smart and really uses its silences to make a searing statement. I’ve heard some echoes of people who didn’t *get it* and to be honest I almost understand that - in the sense that it just goes to show that most people do just ignore these silences, lie through their teeth with their “you can come to me with anything” and just see the lives of those around them purely for the surface-level images. 

What were they wearing? Can I read that email? Is this earring yours? It’s a slippery and chilly film, and needs to be mandatory viewing for anyone who, uh, has literally ever interacted with anyone