Just a few hours before the premiere of the HBO documentary Jagged at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, Alanis Morissette criticized the film about his life as “reductionist” and “salacious”.
Morissette participated in the film, directed by Alison Klayman, providing lengthy interviews. But in a statement issued by his publicist, the Canadian musician said he did not support the tape, named after their groundbreaking 1995 album Jagged Little Pill.
“I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill and I was interviewed during a very vulnerable moment (while in the middle of my third postpartum depression during lockdown), ” Morissette wrote.
Alanis Morissette said the interviews were done at a time when she was especially sensitive. Instagram photo
A false sense of security
“I was lulled by a false sense of security and his lewd agenda became apparent immediately after I saw the first cut of the movie. It was then that I knew that our visions were, in fact, painfully diverging. This was not the story I agreed to tell. ”
Morissette did not specify her problems with Jagged, which will premiere on November 19 on HBO. But her most sensitive material includes the singer-songwriter talking about sexual encounters she had at age 15, which she qualifies as rape, that is, having sex with minors. The Washington Post previously reported on that section of the documentary.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit that there had been some kind of victimization on my part, ” Morissette says in the film. ‘Hey, you were 15 years old; you are not giving your consent at 15 ‘. And now I say: ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. Everything is rape ‘”.
In “Jagged”, the Canadian singer says she was a victim of rape and describes those who abused her as pedophiles.
The age of consent in Canada is 16 years old. Morissette does not go into details about who the encounters were with.
Say No More
Representatives for Klayman did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood released Tuesday, Klayman, whose films include Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Steve Bannon’s documentary Brink, regretted that Morissette was not there for the premiere.
“It’s very difficult, I think, to watch a movie about yourself, ” Klayman said.” I think it’s incredibly brave and the reaction when she saw it was that it was really … She could feel all the work, all the nuances that went into it. . And again, gave a lot of his time and effort to do this. And I think the movie really speaks for itself. ”
Alanis Morissette is on tour and is opposed to promoting the film in any way. Photo Amy Harris / Invision / AP
Morissette is currently on tour and will perform in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday.
“I have decided not to attend any events related to this film for two reasons: One is that I am on tour right now. The other is that, like many unauthorized ‘stories’ and biographies over the years, it includes implications and facts that are simply not true” Morissette said.
“While there is beauty and some elements of precision in this / my story, no doubt, ultimately, I will not support someone else’s reductive version of a story too nuanced for them to understand and tell. ”