She Said: The Women Behind the Fall of Harvey Weinstein

She Said: The Women Behind the Fall of Harvey Weinstein

Like the shark in Jawwe only see Harvey Weinstein towards the end of Maria Schrader’s well done and forensic dramatization of the fall of the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

But just like this cold-blooded predator, it circles every second she saidbased on the book by New York Times Reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.

Carey Mulligan as Megan Twohey

As Weinstein’s considerable bulk comes into view, he is shot from behind as he invades the room NYT‘s office for a pow-wow with the editors after finally realizing his years of sexually abusing actresses and film workers can no longer be protected by the Hollywood Omertà, hush money, NDAs and intimidation.

It should be so. Schrader’s film is about the survivors who had the courage to come forward after years of terrified silence to tell Kantor and Twohey their stories and put Weinstein behind bars.

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Interesting, she said begins in 1992 on the west coast of Ireland, where a local girl stumbles across a film set and volunteers to be a runner. However, as her career progresses, she falls into Weinstein’s vicious orbit. She’s Laura Madden, played with aplomb and emotion by Jennifer Ehle, and her story is one of the many threads Twohey and Kanter pull as they unravel Weinstein’s web of lies.

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, best friends of 14 years, play the two reporters with a mixture of weariness and determination, almost immediately dispelling any illusion that this is some hard-hitting newspaper-style film All the President’s men.

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Both struggle with postpartum depression and Mulligan puts on a particularly troubled display, while the preppy Kazan has the tenacity of a bloodhound tracking down her career.

They doggedly pursue Weinstein and face a bulwark of silence and a shameful legal system that leans heavily against those who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of powerful men. Doors are slammed in their faces, conversations end abruptly, and no one seems to want to speak.

We may not see Weinstein, a man who tends to “put a strain on the lives of my wife and children,” but his mobster rumble can be heard as he threatens the editors of the NYT on the phone and in one chilling scene, Schrader’s camera tracks slowly down a hotel corridor and we hear an actual tape recording of one of his many, many assaults.

Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan), Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan), Dean Baquet (Andre Braugher) and Rebecca Corbett (Patricia Clarkson) in She Said

Patricia Clarkson as NYT Editor Rebecca Corbett and Andre Braugher, executive editor Dean Baquet, are like a more benevolent Ben Bradlee, Weinstein survivor Ashely Judd plays himself and an excellent Samantha Morton, as Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins cantor in a London cafe, cool about her experiences with the Mughal tells. It is the trickle that leads to the dam bursting of truth.

Schrader tells the story in a brisk, linear style in a very literal evocation of the source material, but the procedural pacing never stops her she said failing to become a powerful and gripping account of a sordid tale as old as Hollywood.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2


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