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The Stylist (2016)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Horror | 11 June 2016 (USA)
Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.

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Jill Gevargizian

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Jill Gevargizian (story), Eric Havens (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Najarra Townsend ... Claire
Jennifer Plas ... Mandy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angela Dupuie Angela Dupuie ... Alicia
Pepper Pepper ... Herself
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Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.

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A look to kill for.

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The Stylist - Very Well Made, Not Well Said
15 February 2017 | by pdlussier1See all my reviews

Spoiler-free isn't easy considering the type of short it is, but here goes:

Firstly, it's a high-quality short; it reflects real talent. The director, Jill Gevargizian, leads a qualified team that complements, and contributes to, a superb eye when it comes to mise-en-scène, especially composition, which is delivered with discerning movement and framing choices and some captivating depth-of-field effects; the final cut is extremely fluid, possessing a slight colour saturation that gives the film an illusory tone. And the soundtrack, too, which is comprised of original works by Nicholas Elert, set the mood just wonderfully. All of that, sound mixing and the special effects, too: A-1. Ditto for Najarra Townsend's performance as Claire.

Where this short falls short, so to speak, is with the story itself. What's Claire's motivation? No matter the causes reasonably attributed based on what little we're given, the sentiment she manifests at the very end (crying) clashes with those and so the whole thing falls flat, for it's hard to find justification in that hidden disfigurement alone given the little emphasis placed on it in contrast with Claire's other, natural features; adding to that is her demeanor when discussing men with her colleague. Something doesn't quite jive.

Because of that, I do think the statement it attempts to make on the societal standards of beauty pressuring women doesn't come through in any poignant way, the whole message reduced to Mandy's deplorably prosaic: Women must look perfect if they're to challenge that glass ceiling. Anything more profound feels forcibly tacked on rather than sensibly interpreted.

Another low is Jennifer Plas' Mandy's reaction when she wakes up. Initially believable, it loses all authenticity by the third scream and the panic isn't enough to warrant Claire's action (being more clear involves spoilers).

That's where it loses points, writing, but keep in mind that these lows I mention have much to do with "interpretation", not "execution", and, at 15 mins, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't judge this horror short for yourself.


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