Alanis Morissette slams ‘salacious’ documentary about her life

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Morissette said she would not be supporting the documentary, named after her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. (AFP/Getty Images)
Morissette said she would not be supporting the documentary, named after her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. (AFP/Getty Images)

Alanis Morissette has criticised a documentary about her life, branding it “reductive” and “salacious”.

The Canadian musician participated in Jagged, directed by Alison Klayman, sitting for lengthy interviews, but hit out at it hours before its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Morissette said she would not be supporting the documentary, named after her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. “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),” she wrote.

“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.”

She added: “While there is beauty and some elements of accuracy… I ultimately won’t be supporting someone else’s reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.”

She did not specify her issues with Jagged, which HBO will screen on November 19. But it includes Morissette discussing sexual encounters when she was 15 that she calls statutory rape.

Representatives for Klayman did not return requests for comment. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, Klayman defended the film, saying: “It’s a really hard thing to see a movie made about yourself.”

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