A few weeks after the final judgment against the media mogul appears UNTOUCHABLE – THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN CASE a documentary that offers a shocking look behind the scenes of Hollywood and answers the question of what made such a scandal possible. We reveal more about this in our review.
The numerous victims describe their experiences with Weinstein calmly and in front of a neutral backdrop.
Director Ursula Macfarlane foregoes a classifying voice-over (“One Deadly Weekend in America”) wisely. She doesn’t need him. Instead, she leaves her interview partners, recordings of journalists and old conversation snippets from Hollywood stars (such as Gwyneth Paltrow, who once advised against ever accepting a party invitation from Harvey Weinstein as a young actress on the red carpet of a film premiere in front of the camera ) comment on what is happening. The fact that this is done with an emphasis on objectivity, even though the topic of sexual abuse is actually a highly emotional one, makes “Untouchable – The Harvey Weinstein Case” all the more informative but also all the more oppressive. The encounters with Harvey Weinstein, recounted soberly by many women, also reflect the very routine with which the producer carried out his abuse. Only occasionally do the women allow themselves to be seen behind their protective facade. Then it gets really uncomfortable. Then the victims allow themselves to be victims and provide insights into the long-term consequences of such acts. A not entirely unimportant aspect that shows what a shocking legacy a man left behind who played with the dreams of young women and was able to destroy them with a snap of his fingers if they didn’t want to dance to his tune. At the end of “Untouchable,” no one will ask why the women didn’t say something sooner.
Conclusion: “Untouchable – The Harvey Weinstein Case” gives the former media mogul’s many victims a voice and describes in equal parts the what, the how and the why – in this case: Why could it come to this? A calm but no less important documentary about the dark side of Hollywood.
“Untouchable – The Harvey Weinstein Case” is now available on DVD and stream.