Emerald Fennell’s first feature film is carried by the superb (as always) Carey Mulligan.
Released in May 2021, Promising Young Womanby Emerald Fennell, with Carey Mulligan, Alison Brie and Bo Burnham, will be broadcast this evening on Canal +. First recommend it to you.
To avenge her friend who committed suicide after being raped, Cassie pretends to booze in bars to be picked up and taken back to guys, and confront them with their behavior as predators and rapists. What could go wrong? Lovers of rape and revenge gore and violent will be at their expense: the promotion of Promising Young Woman in vain promise an open hunt for the creepy guy, the subject of Emerald Fennell is more subtle. The director (also an actress, and showrunner of season 2 of Killing Eve) chooses the register of black comedy, and wants to deconstruct – with more pedagogy than we deserve – both unhealthy male behavior and the very genre of the rape and revenge.
Result, a black comedy (crowned by an Oscar for the screenplay) nicely shot in US suburban settings both pop and nightmarish, which does not lack spice, with a very well found cast – special mention to the couple of parents of our heroine , played with insane accuracy and surprising sensitivity by Clancy Brown and Jennifer Coolidge (aka “Stifler’s Mom”, but yes). But the film would surely have deserved – like the specimens of men that Cassie lines up – a few good shotgun blasts in the parts, here and there. That said, the violent darkness at the end is sure to leave you with a scar, long after the end of the credits.
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