If there were a casting couch for seedy, questionable men, we can't help but think that Sebastian Stan would be seated first. Coming off the backs of HBO's Pam and Tommy, Stan has taken on another dubious character study. This time, set to star as the titular role in Fresh, the latest from screenwriter Lauryn Kahn and director Mimi Cave. The film explores the many dark, and gruesome facets of dating in the modern world.
The film, which is sharply posited from the female standpoint, also co-stars Normal People's Daisy Edgar Jones. Jones plays Noa, a young woman repeatedly let down in the dating world, until she meets Steve, played by Stan. All looks to be trudging along the classic romantic route nicely, until we learn Steve has a bloodthirsty taste for women. The film itself does not refrain from exploring the ominous under tow of dating in a women's world. With screenwriter Kahn capitalising on this moment well; understanding the need for these types of discussions.
This follows the success of other female led suspense films, like that of best Oscar Screenplay Promising Young Woman. A film that has made a name for the dangerous sexual politics in dating. The performances are solid, with Stan a particular stand out, clearly organising a lunch with Christian Bale on the art of reclaiming Bateman-esque levels of psycho. But it's the pace of the narrative here that really delivers, not serving too much until just the right time. A scintillating tease of the senses, but whatever you do don't watch this before a dinner date.
Fresh premiered on Sunday for Sundance film festival, we will keep you updated for any further details regarding the release. In the meantime you can stay across all our best picks for the upcoming awards show circuit.
Image: Sundance Institution.