Working Woman 2018

Isha Ovedet

Directed by Michal Aviad Fresh

Tense and full of real complexities, this Israeli workplace harassment drama follows Orna – a soldier, wife, mother and working woman pressured by her boss’ unorthodox demands.

Jul 28

Academy Cinemas

Jul 29

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Jul 30

Academy Cinemas

Aug 01

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Israel In Hebrew with English subtitles
93 minutes DCP
TBC

Director

Producers

Amir Harel
,
Ayelet Kait

Screenplay

Sharon Azulay Eyal
,
Michal Vinik
,
Michal Aviad

Photography

Daniel Miller

Editor

Nili Feller

Production designer

Eyal Elhadad

With

Liron Ben Shlush (Orna)
,
Menashe Noy (Benny)
,
Oshri Cohen (Ofer)
,
Irit Sheleg (Leah, Orna’s mother)
,
Dorit Lev-Ari (Sari, Benny’s wife)
,
Gilles Ben-David (Mr Benayoun)
,
Corinne Hayat (Mrs Benayoun)

Festivals

Toronto 2018

Elsewhere

Israeli director Michal Aviad turns her eye to a common issue facing working women today: harassment in the workplace. At the centre of this gripping film, Orna (Liron Ben Shlush) is a mother of three whose husband is struggling to support the family as his restaurant gets off the ground. To her surprise, she is hired by her former Israeli Defense Force commanding officer, who remembers her from her mandatory military service. Now a real estate developer, Benny (Menashe Noy) offers Orna advice on how to dress ‘classy’ and wear her hair in the most attractive way. His guidance is generous and Orna proves to be a talented salesperson. 

Orna initially ignores his increasingly inappropriate behaviour. But a kiss is too far, and she firmly rebukes him. Doggedly choosing to believe there will be no more problems, Orna’s promotion to sales manager is soon overshadowed by the dread of working with her boss. A trip to Paris triggers a Faustian battle of nerves. Can Orna stay the course, make the money and continue to provide for her children? Or will Benny’s harassment ruin her career, reputation and family?

Aviad’s ability to find the ambiguity in seemingly clear-cut situations is what makes Working Woman exceptional. Benny may be a lecherous boss, but he’s offering Orna the attention and professional respect her husband never has. Orna is an everywoman yet she’s facing an ordeal every woman is told they should never have to deal with – though many watching will find themselves saying #MeToo.

Working Woman proves that there is no such thing as the same old story. — Sarah McMullan