Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★★

No one ever does.

I've long considered myself—since childhood, really—a "brave" movie watcher; I can count on one hand the number of cinematic moments that've upset me to the point of needing to avert my eyes from the screen. I don't know if it was edible I took or the gravity of the situation simply hitting me harder with the element of surprise taken away, but making it through the pillow scene this time was *excruciating*. The way Fennell and photographer Benjamin Kračun capture the event in one smooth take, crawling in to the close-up of Al hyperventilating is breathtakingly sickening—and utterly brilliant. So often in sequences like this, we're forced to stare directly at the woman in pain, but here—while there's obviously plenty of that in frame—there's an objectivity of presentation that almost makes it harder to witness as compared to if we had we stayed on her face the whole time. It's but one of the many extraordinary facets of this gem.

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