Film Preview: The Handmaiden (2016)

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(October 16, 2016) Original

Release Date:

October 21, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.”

Poster Rating: B / C / C+

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Review: (#1) An interesting, if modestly disturbing design that doesn’t have the context to move beyond the collector space. (#2) While the poster is limited in its color palette, there is some bold staging at work that prevents it from being too easily forgotten. (#3) The geisha aesthetic has certain appeal to certain audiences, but not sufficiently to defend the overall design as a piece of advertisement.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The plot is a bit murky in the trailer, but that’s more than made up for by the stylish quietness. It’s a film that has a lot of hints of subtle splendor, without fully selling them.

Oscar Prospects:

The film wasn’t submitted for Oscar consideration, so its release might yield some creative nominations, but that’s extremely doubtful.

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