Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★★

Vital viewing for men everywhere. A film about the spectres of sexual violence and the patriarchy's simultaneous demand for dominance and fear of culpability.

What Emerald Fennell shows here is the reality of how overwhelmingly triggering sexual violence is, while also showing that those who haven't directly witnessed it – or been a victim of it – have a tendency to shy away from the subject; bury it in an effort to erase it. By doing this, and wrapping this hugely overlooked subject in a dazzling, lurid and often strait-laced package, she is coercing the oppressor into facing the consequences (by buying a ticket to this at a movie theatre) they historically never face.

This is incisive and prickly filmmaking. And finally, Mulligan's star moment.