The Assistant

This was the last movie I saw in a theater back on March 3.

On rewatch, I was still impressed with how Garner carries this entire story in her face and body. This time I also admired the aesthetics of it. Spare, tidy, nothing out of place on screen--unless it's something out of place that Garner's character is in the process of cleaning up. That careful composition, the muted colors, the soft voices could, in a different context, feel calm and meditative. Here, they just highlight the chill and unease and every-person-for-themselves atmosphere. You get the sense that Garner's character is stranded on an island, not quite sure how she got there but pretty sure she wants to get off. No help in sight, though.

via Hulu