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Make Up

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Genre-bending coming-of-age story has strong language, sex.

Movie R 2020 86 minutes
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Make Up is a fantastic debut feature from director Claire Oakley that manages to straddle multiple genres. What at first presents as an eerie thriller gradually becomes a drama about self-discovery and freedom that is handled with an intimate and wildly creative touch by Oakley. Filmed mostly in muted tones, with frequent moments of stillness and quiet, the feeling of isolation and claustrophobia mixed with ominous visions and noises create a heightened state of tension just waiting to be cut.

Windsor makes for a captivating lead, who keeps her cards close to her chest as she navigates the confusing terrain of questioning her sexuality. Subdued pinks and oranges evolve into deep reds in dreamlike flashes that prove a stark contrast to the dreary surrounding environment. This creates an intriguing visual style that will pull more patient viewers into a movie that is somehow both bold and delicate in equal measure -- and a promising debut from a fresh new British filmmaker.

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