The Stylist – Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

Jill Gevargizian (director)


18 (certificates)

105 (size)

05 February 2021 (launched)

1 h

This is my review of The Stylist initially written for its exhibiting at FrightFest 2020.

Claire (Najarra Townsend) is a hair stylist whose life is in reducing hair, styling and small discuss with shoppers. But that small discuss is an avenue away from her life that sometimes reveals one thing about her shopper. As we observe when Claire does the hair of an out of towner who casually reveals her affair. I can belief you and you’re by no means going to see me once more so says the shopper. Taken by this freedom Claire kills and scalps her placing her hair and dwelling her life, as she does with a number of others round her.

Claire has settled into her routine of espresso, work and residential. The employees on the espresso store know what she desires, and even when Claire tries to alter she finally ends up ordering the identical. Out of the blue she receives a textual content from a salon shopper Olivia (Brea Grant) who’s getting married and desires her hair achieved. Initially reluctant Claire agrees and does a high-quality job. Perked by this Claire and Olivia begin to get on and you may see a friendship creating past their buyer and shopper acquaintance.

That is fractured when Olivia invitations Claire to her hen get together, and one among Olivia’s buddies make some disparaging remarks that she overhears. Her confidence shattered she turns her consideration to the 2 ladies and stalks them.

Claire then begins to textual content Olivia getting annoyed when she doesn’t obtain instantaneous replies and her gives to get extra concerned with the marriage preparations politely rejected. Pushing on Claire oversteps with Olivia they usually fall out. Later breaking into Olivia’s house Claire tries her garments on, in a taught, mesmerising sequence that is silent save for the sound of her footsteps, garments rustling, and a sex-aid.

Approaching a state of psychological collapse Claire holds it collectively sufficient to attend and do Olivia’s hair on the wedding ceremony.
Writers Jill Gevargizian (who additionally directs), Eric Havens and Eric Stolze don’t indulge an excessive amount of within the serial-killer aspect preferring to open up Claire’s character to scrutiny of which homicide is one side. This results in a fuller movie and a extra rounded character truly eliciting some sympathy for her.

Townsend is astonishing as Claire working the main points of an individual who’s within the depths of despair where the smallest remark or action can ship her to almighty highs or plunging lows. The little issues that she fixates on for instance cleansing the grime from her boots are glimpses into her character are indications of obsession that manifest afterward with Olivia.

The Stylist has model and substance: trying excellent with stunning lighting and color with a narrative that seems at a tragic younger lady who’s extremely gifted however misplaced in a secular world compounded by her personal awkwardness and shyness.

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