Directed by: Richard Shepard
Written by: Richard Shepard, Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Starring: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman
Expecting perfection sets an unfair standard for anyone to try and achieve. To err is human after all. Seeking this perfection causes all of the issues for the women in this film, as it pulls back the curtain of rampant abuse and pressures of being a pupil.
Established to be the star pupil from a young age at the prestigious Bachoff School, Charlotte (Allison Williams) needs to leave to take care of her dying mother. Years later, she reaches out to the professor to reconnect where she meets the newest pupil, Lizzie (Logan Browning). After making a strong connection with her, Charlotte tries to get back into the good graces of the school.
That plot synopsis reveals all that can be given away because the directions this film takes create complete pandemonium. An apt comparison to Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, this film goes through some extremes to show the terror of abuse. It follows Charlotte as she navigates trying to reintegrate herself into a world she needed to vacate because of her mother. Everything she left remains dreadfully the same. The story holds nothing back, has incredibly graphic imagery and will push the audience to their limit.
Allison Williams takes on this leading role after becoming one of the scariest villains of the century in Get Out, she carries the pain and yearning of the character. Someone on a mission that will not be stopped until her dying breath. Logan Browning, mostly known for her starring role in the Netflix series Dear White People, goes head-to-head with Williams in this battle of attrition. An incredibly dynamic duo that holds together this film’s fairly messy plot.
For fear of giving anything away for a film relying on its twists and turns, I will leave the review rather short. Watch this film if a fan of psychological terror and horror and be aware of the topic of sexual abuse throughout the story. The Perfection gets a bit out of hand with its twists, which could have landed with more resonance, but as it stands the film is a thrill ride that provides a wildly entertaining experience.