2019 (Not Rated) 93 min. Israel/subtitles
Director: Michal Aviad
Cast: Liron Ben-Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen, Sarah Markowitz
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
Orna is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny, who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.
“This is one of the few films about sexual harassment in the workplace that has the feel of authenticity. With quiet, incremental force, it brings home the helplessness and terrors of being trapped.” – Peter Rainer, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“WORKING WOMAN may sound familiar, but be prepared: it cuts closer to the bone than you will be ready for.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“This is a supremely clever movie, rooted in strong emotion that’s rigorously controlled. It’s a work of passion, told with utmost restraint. That makes it even more effective.” – Paul Bymes, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“This story of workplace abuse and its fallout could just as well take place in New York, Instanbul, Mumbai – or any other city. Oma is Everywoman. Like many other women in her shoes, she emerges scarred, but stronger and wiser.” – Vanessa H. Larson, THE WASHINGTON POST