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Alanis Morissette criticizes HBO documentary ‘Jagged’ about her life: ‘Not the story I agreed to tell’

Alanis Morissette criticizes HBO documentary ‘Jagged’ about her life: ‘Not the story I agreed to tell’

Alanis Morissette spoke out against the new HBO documentary about her life, titled “Jagged.”

Just hours before the production was to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, Morissette criticized the film about her life as “reducing” and “salacious.”

Morissette starred in the film, directed by Alison Klayman, who sat in on 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 attend a play about the celebration of ‘Jagged Little Pill’s 25th anniversary and was interviewed at a very vulnerable time (while I was in the middle of my third postpartum depression during lockdown),” Morissette wrote. “I was lulled into a false sense of security, and their blissful agenda became apparent immediately after I saw the film’s first cut. That was when I knew our visions were actually painfully divergent. This was not the story I agreed to. to tell. “

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Just hours before the HBO documentary ‘Jagged’ was due to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, Alanis Morissette criticized the film about her life as ‘reductive’ and ‘saleful’. (Greg Allen / Invision)

Morissette did not specify his problems with “Jagged,” which is set to premiere on November 19 on HBO. But its most sensitive material includes Morissette, who discussed sexual encounters when she was 15, which she calls statutory rape. The Washington Post previously reported on that part of the film.

“It took me years in therapy to admit at all that there had been any kind of violence on my part,” Morissette says in the film. “I will always say I agree and then I will be reminded ‘Hey, you were 15, you did not accept at 15.’ Now I say, ‘Oh yes, they are all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape . ‘

Canada’s consent age has been 16 years since 2008. A person under the age of 18 cannot give consent if the sexual activity is with a person with authority over them. Young people aged 14 or 15 can give consent to sexual activity without use when the age difference is not more than five years. Prior to 2008, the age of consent was 14. Morissette does not go into detail about who the meetings were with.

Representatives for Klayman did not return immediately with requests for comment Tuesday. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, released Tuesday, Klayman, whose film includes “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” and the Steve Bannon documentary “Brink,” lamented that Morissette would not be there for the premiere.

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“It’s a really hard thing, I think, to watch a movie made about yourself,” Klayman said. “I think she’s incredibly brave 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 gave so much of her time and so much of her efforts to do this, and I think the film really speaks for itself. “

Morissette is currently on tour and will perform in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday.

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“I have chosen not to attend any events surrounding this film for two reasons: one is that I am touring right now. The other is that this one, unlike many ‘stories’ and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, have consequences and facts that are simply not true, “Morissette said. “While there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this / my story to be sure – I will ultimately not support someone else’s reductive perception of a story too nuanced for them to ever understand or tell.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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