The Stylist

Jill Gevargizian (director)


18 (certificates)

105 (size)

05 February 2021 (launched)

8 h

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

Claire (Najarra Townsend) is a hair stylist whose life is in slicing hair, styling and small speak with shoppers. But that small speak is an avenue away from her life that often reveals one thing about her consumer. 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 consumer. 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 workers on the espresso store know what she desires, and even when Claire tries to vary she finally ends up ordering the identical. Out of the blue she receives a textual content from a salon consumer Olivia (Brea Grant) who’s getting married and desires her hair finished. Initially reluctant Claire agrees and does a effective job. Perked by this Claire and Olivia begin to get on and you’ll see a friendship creating past their buyer and consumer acquaintance.

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

Claire then begins to textual content Olivia getting pissed off when she doesn’t obtain prompt replies and her presents to get extra concerned with the marriage preparations politely rejected. Pushing on Claire oversteps with Olivia and so they 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 marriage ceremony.
Writers Jill Gevargizian (who additionally directs), Eric Havens and Eric Stolze don’t indulge an excessive amount of within the serial-killer factor preferring to open up Claire’s character to scrutiny of which homicide is one aspect. 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 melancholy 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 dust from her boots are glimpses into her character are indications of obsession that manifest in a while with Olivia.

The Stylist has type and substance: trying very good with stunning lighting and color with a narrative that seems to be at a tragic younger girl who’s extremely gifted however misplaced in an earthly world compounded by her personal awkwardness and shyness.

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