The Stylist
The Stylist

The Stylist

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The Stylist

Directed by: Jill Gevargizian

USA, 2020, 104m

Southeast Premiere

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Everyone dreams of being someone else, but for Claire (Najarra Townsend, Me and You and Everyone We Know) that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Her job as a hairstylist allows her to move in and out of other people’s worlds, but when the right target sits in her chair, she does more than observe the client’s life—she ends it and keeps a permanent souvenir. One day, her lonely and methodical life is thrown into turmoil when a regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant, Heroes), asks Claire to style her hair for her wedding. Awash in the striking primary color scheme of the great Italian Giallo films and imbued with gritty 42nd Street flourishes reminiscent of William Lustig’s Maniac, the film is anchored by Townsend’s masterful and layered performance, which demands not only the audience’s attention but—surprisingly—earns their empathy. Making her feature directorial debut, Jill Gevargizian (producer of “BFF Girls,” FFF 2018) expands on her award-winning 2016 short film of the same name, announcing in no uncertain terms a unique new female voice in horror and delivering a grisly, gorgeous, and fully realized portrait of one woman’s twisted quest to find a perfect place in this world.

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