“The black comedy of writer-director Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman effortlessly shifts from comedy to thriller to rom-com to horror movie, often within a single scene, as the Focus Features release tells the tale of the clever Cassandra Thomas, played by Carey Mulligan, who was viewed as a promising young woman until mysterious circumstances prompted her to drop out of medical school.”Source: Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter
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Film editor Frédéric Thoraval discusses his collaboration with writer-director Emerald Fennell for her debut feature, Promising Young Woman, in an interview with Carolyn Giardina for The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite the film’s “roller-coaster tonal shifts,” Thoraval credits Fennell’s script for maintaining an emotional through-line. “It was set up in the script. We knew how Emerald wanted to play with the different genres and set up those clear moments that are more horror movie, more thriller or rom-com. Her writing is very precise,” he said. “The main thing was to follow the character of Cassie; she helps us to follow the changes of tone. [Once you] have the connection with the main character, you hopefully can accept when Emerald pulls the rug out [from under you], and Emerald is changing those emotions very fast.”
Cassie’s meeting with Dean Walker (played by Connie Britton) exemplifies how the film moves from comedy to horror within a single scene. “In this moment, the audience perceives that scene is done,” Thoraval notes.
“But in reality, this is the start of a new phase — a ‘reset’ of the action for the tension to slowly build again as Cassie plays with the dean, telling her what she supposedly has done to the dean’s daughter — visually, with the camera tracking in on Cassie, and sonically, with an ominous score starting and a sound effect creeping in underneath — until the climax where a panicked Dean Walker is shouting.”
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