Working Woman

Working Woman

Working Woman

In this Israeli workplace drama, a breadwinning mother walks an employment tightrope as her husband's new restaurant struggles and her boss starts making inappropriate advances.

"With three young children to look after and her husband’s restaurant struggling to break even, Orna (Liron Ben Shlush, Next to Her) feels lucky to have landed an assistant position with a luxury real-estate development firm. She quickly proves her worth and is rewarded with a lucrative promotion. Yet Orna’s advancement is accompanied by unwanted advances from Benny (Menashe Noy, Big Bad Wolves), her boss. Benny’s transgressions are initially insidious — a suggestion regarding her clothing or hair — and incremental enough that it doesn’t immediately occur to Orna that she’s ensnared in a Faustian pact. With every professional triumph Orna is forced to contend with another, more aggressive come-on. She needs to tell someone — but will others feel she is complicit?" (Toronto International Film Festival)

2018Rating: M, Sexual violence93 minsIsraelHebrew with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

An excellent portrait of a sickeningly common and perpetually harrowing issue, Working Woman is completely compelling as it draws towards an unpredictable conclusion.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beautifully understated, impressively acted (Ben-Shlush is a revelation) and tautly told, Working Woman is the #MeToo movie Hollywood has so far failed to adequately make.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

4.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

It is a story we've likely heard of or seen before, yet under Michal Aviad's sympathetic lens, it's one that stands out with a sense of urgency.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Working Woman" may sound familiar, but be prepared: It cuts closer to the bone than you will be ready for.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Finely-drawn characters and the kind of grey-area scenario that may be uncomfortably familiar to many women make this a thought-provoking addition to the post #metoo conversation.

Variety

Variety

press

A strong drama that eschews melodramatic contrivance, making its points via cool (yet sometimes squirm-inducing) observation.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Unfolds like a psychological thriller — a procedural that, as it tightens its grip, captures how workplace sexual harassment slowly takes over one woman’s life.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The picture is a slow-burning but ultimately empowering drama that works despite a lack of the bigger, louder, more outwardly emotional moments it could have succumbed to.

New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

An excellent portrait of a sickeningly common and perpetually harrowing issue, Working Woman is completely compelling as it draws towards an unpredictable conclusion.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Beautifully understated, impressively acted (Ben-Shlush is a revelation) and tautly told, Working Woman is the #MeToo movie Hollywood has so far failed to adequately make.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

4.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

It is a story we've likely heard of or seen before, yet under Michal Aviad's sympathetic lens, it's one that stands out with a sense of urgency.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Working Woman" may sound familiar, but be prepared: It cuts closer to the bone than you will be ready for.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Finely-drawn characters and the kind of grey-area scenario that may be uncomfortably familiar to many women make this a thought-provoking addition to the post #metoo conversation.

Variety

Variety

press

A strong drama that eschews melodramatic contrivance, making its points via cool (yet sometimes squirm-inducing) observation.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Unfolds like a psychological thriller — a procedural that, as it tightens its grip, captures how workplace sexual harassment slowly takes over one woman’s life.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The picture is a slow-burning but ultimately empowering drama that works despite a lack of the bigger, louder, more outwardly emotional moments it could have succumbed to.

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