A promising woman is the daring debut feature film by the courageous director and author Emerald Fennell, which combines the best elements of romantic comedy with the frenzied beats of thriller to stage a one-of-a-kind film, capable of moving on a tightrope between hilarity and drama.
A Promising Woman: The Official Trailer
During the day, he works in a small coffee shop with no ambition. At night, Cassie, with a cold and calculated plan, she shows up in bars and nightclubs in skimpy clothes looking for the attention of men who consider themselves well, but don’t mind taking advantage of a woman when the right circumstances are created. Not exactly the path he would have expected from a young woman who had all the prerogatives for a bright future, but for Cassie it’s all part of a self-imposed mission: when the time comes, she unmasks every single potential predator, with a lesson on how women should be treated, whether sober or drunk, and on the respect that is due to each of them.
A promising woman: the plot
Everyone was convinced that Cassandra Thomas (the actress nominated for the Academy Award Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman, until a mysterious event turned her future upside down. Now, after dropping out of medical school, she is trapped in a bubble. Blonde, beautiful, and gifted with a fierce intelligence, Cassie isn’t interested in social climbing or marrying the Right Man. Rather, she seems content to spend her days preparing cappuccinos with her colleague Gail (Laverne Cox), with the deep disappointment and concern of the genitori (Jennifer Coolidge, Clancy Brown). All they want for a 30-year-old daughter is for her to break free and leave home.
At night, Cassie engages in a ritual she invented. In bars and discos, when the clubs are about to close, she pretends to be heavily drunk, to the point of being unable to defend herself from anyone who wants to take advantage of her. Inevitably, there is always a man who decides to make sure that he gets home safe and sound, but never fails to make his wishes prevail over the girl’s well-being: they will not realize that they have fallen into Cassie’s nefarious trap, which is it will imprint in their memory at great cost.
But despite the small rewards Cassie gets from these late night dates, it’s never enough to quell the whirlwind of anger and sorrow she experiences. Until the day a handsome pediatric surgeon named Ryan (Bo Burnham), an acquaintance from his years of study, happens in the cafeteria where he works and appears to be able to put an end to Cassie’s destructive cycle. As she begins to have feelings for him, she is thrown back into her past and the trauma that changed the course of her life forever.
Will he be able to recalibrate events and find a happy ending in his own way? Or will the revenge undertaken come to an unimaginable end?
A promising woman: stage costumes
For the costumes, Nancy Steiner chose to dress Cassie in soft clothing that belied her compromised mood.
“Women interested in clothes are often thought of as stupid, but it’s the easiest and quickest way to use your femininity,” explains Fennell. “Everything in Cassie’s sunshine life has to communicate that she’s okay. We worked to give her a flashy look, with pastel colors, ribbons and jewels. People instinctively imagine a depressed woman dressed in an unmade T-shirt and pants, but that’s not the case. Often they look their best when a bad moment passes. “
For his night outings, Steiner has developed a range of looks, each of which seems to be designed to seduce different types of men. “One night she can look like a gorgeous hipster, another look like a professional who just got out of the office and drank too much, and another count she can pull off a suit for very self-confident people, like Kardashian,” is Fennell’s presentation. “She is very careful to take care of her appearance, also according to who has to fall into her clutches.”
In the cast of the film, in addition to Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham, also Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, Clancy Brown. Producers are Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Ben Browning and Ashley Fox. Written, produced and directed by Emerald Fennell.
Must see because it presents a delightful, thrilling and shocking perspective on the concept of revenge.
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