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Netflix’s thriller “The Perfection” is a plot-twist master class–but is it exploitative?

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24.05.2019

Director Richard Shepard could’ve made a straightforward psychological thriller for his latest film, but he felt it would’ve ultimately been disposable. With The Perfection, Shepard swung for something out and out “bonkers” that will, “for better or worse,” elicit some kind of conversation.

The Perfection stars Allison Williams as Charlotte, a cello prodigy who had to drop out of a distinguished music conservatory to take care of her ailing mother. When her mother eventually dies, Charlotte is looking to reclaim the career she put on hold. The only problem is that the music conservatory director found a new star pupil in Lizzie (Logan Browning), and she is now queen bee of the cello world.

The Perfection is set up as a classic revenge story: Two women clashing for power, prestige, and, as the title suggestions, perfection. But the cursory reading of the plot is merely a trapdoor. What’s buried underneath is a........

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