Just Hours Before HBO Documentary Gejot was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, Alanis Morissette criticized the film about her life as “reductive” and “salacious”.
Morissette starred in the film, by Alison Klayman, sat for long interviews. But in a statement issued by her publicist, the Canadian musician said she would not support the film, named after her breakthrough 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill.
“I agreed to participate in a piece about the fire Jagged Little Pillhis 25th birthday, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (during my third postpartum depression during the blockade), “Morissette wrote.” I was put in a false sense of security and her salary agenda was immediately apparent on my first cut of the film. This is when I knew our visions were actually painfully divergent. This was not the story I agreed to tell. “
Morissette did not mention her problems Gejot, which is set to premiere on HBO on November 19th. But his most sensitive material includes Morissette discussing sexual encounters when she was 15, which she calls legal rape. The Washington Post previously reported on this section of the film.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit that there was any victim on my part,” Morissette says in the film. “I would always say I agree, and then I would remember ‘Hey, you were 15, you disagree at 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all legal rape.’
Canada’s consent age is 16 years. The Morissette does not go into detail about who the meetings were with.
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Representatives for Klayman on Tuesday did not immediately return requests for comment. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood published Tuesday, Klayman, who includes his films Ai Weiwei: Ni Sorry and the Steve Bannon documentary Brink, regrets that Morissette was not there for the premiere.
“It’s a really hard thing, I think, to see a movie about yourself,” Klayman said. “I think she’s been incredibly courageous and the reaction when she saw it was that it was real – she could feel all the work, all the nuances that went into it. And again, she had so much of her Time and so much of her will go out of her way to do this and I think the film really speaks for itself. “
Morissette is currently on tour and is scheduled to perform Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“I chose not to participate in any events surrounding this film for two reasons: that’s it [I] are currently on tour. The other is that, unlike many ‘stories’ and illicit biographies out there over the years, these contain implications and facts that are simply not true, “Morissette said.
“Even if there is beauty in some elements of accuracy in this / my story to be sure – I will ultimately not support anyone else’s reductive take on a story that is far too nuanced for them to ever comprehend or tell. “