TORONTO — Alanis Morissette has dramatically washed her fingers of “Jagged,” the brand new documentary about her life that premiered Tuesday on the Toronto International Film Festival.
“I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of ‘Jagged Little Pill’’s 25th anniversary, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown),” the Canadian singer mentioned in an announcement hours earlier than the debut screening at TIFF.
“I was lulled into a false sense of security and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film. This is when I knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged. This was not the story I agreed to tell.”
Morissette, who didn’t attend the premiere on the Princess of Wales Theatre, went on to say, “I ultimately won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”
What’s odd, nonetheless, is that the segments the “You Oughta Know” performer most probably takes objection to — a mere couple of minutes of the documentary — are ones informed in her personal phrases about being sexually taken advantage of by unnamed figures in the music business when she was a teen. The movie is in any other case celebratory and innocuous.
“On one level, I thought this is dream come true stuff,” Morissette, 47, says in the movie of her burgeoning fame. “This is [the] catalyst, beginning of the life of my dreams. And on another hand it was, like, where is my protection? Where is everybody?”
Morissette remembers her painful reminiscences in “Jagged” that every part modified for the more severe when she was 15, a number of years earlier than she launched her seminal album “Jagged Little Pill.”
“Something about me being 15 — that’s when I really started to be hit on,” she says. “Twelve, they were a little scared. Thirteen they were a little scared, but they’d still, you know. Fourteen less scary, but still scary. Fifteen, all bets were off. Somehow that seemed like a safer number for people.”
At the time, the age of consent in Canada was 14. However, the singer means that the offenders had been older males she had skilled associations with, and due to this fact, had been in a place of energy over her.
“I just thought was my fault, because almost every single person that I would work with, there would be some turning point where the camera would go Dutch angle,” she says, referring to a digital camera method that makes viewers uneasy. “And I’d simply look ahead to it.
“It would either end the relationship, or there would be some big secret that we’d keep forever.”
As the doc, directed by Alison Klayman, delves deeper into her #MeToo tales, Morissette tells the director, “I’m gonna want some assist, as a result of I by no means speak about this s–t.
“There was a lot of shame around having any victimization of any kind,” she goes on to say. “And it took me years in therapy for me to admit that there had been any kind of victimization on my part. would always say, ‘I was consenting,’ and then I’d be reminded ‘Hey, you were 15. You’re not consenting at 15.’”
But at present the recording artist has a clear-eyed view of what occurred again then: “Now I’m, like, they’re all pedophiles. All statutory rape.
“Me not telling specific information about my experience as a teenager was almost solely around wanting to protect. Protect my parents, protect my brothers, protect future partners, protect myself, protect my physical safety.”
Morissette didn’t condemn the entire of the documentary, nonetheless, which additionally contains her adolescence, the segue into various rock, her immediate chart success and the formation of her band.
“There is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure,” she mentioned.
Klayman told Deadline, “It’s a extremely exhausting factor, I feel, to see a film made about your self.
“I think she’s incredibly brave and the reaction when she saw it was that it was a really–she could feel all the work, all the nuance that went into it. And again, she gave so much of her time and so much of her effort into making this and I think that the movie really speaks for itself.”
“Jagged” will air on HBO on Nov. 19.