In the series “Shining Girls”, Elisabeth Moss (“The Scarlet Handmaiden” and “Mad Men”) plays the main character, Kirby Mazrachi, the victim of an attack by what will turn out to be a serial killer. A drama, mystery and fantasy thriller to watch on AppleTV+.
After playing the memorable role of June Osborne in “The Scarlet Handmaid”, Elisabeth Moss returns with a new lead role. She plays Kirby Mazrachi in the series “Shining Girls” which focuses on the life of a victim after a serious attack. Cut deep in the stomach six years earlier, Kirby is still pretty traumatized. Archivist of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Kirby, who lives with his mother and her cat, keeps a kind of diary in which he records, in telegraphic style, all the events of her life, however trivial.
One day, the police discover the body of a woman who has been missing for two years in a sewer. Despite the rather dilapidated state of the body, it quickly emerges that the woman was assaulted with the same modus operandi as Kirby six years earlier.
An unstable space-time universe
Kirby was mugged by a serial killer when she was younger. A rather particular killer from many years later, she still has the same face. Age and aging seem to have no effect on him. Kirby decides to carry out the investigation with the help of a journalist from the Chicago Sun-Times, Dan Velázquez (Wagner Moura), whom she trusts to tell her in particular about the similarity of her attack with the one the woman was the victim of. from the sewer
In fact, the entire space-time universe in which Kirby evolves is unstable. For example, his cat suddenly turns out to be a dog, which obviously has the same name. And Kirby to take the notebook from him to, in the sentence “I live with a cat”, cross out the word “cat” and replace it with “dog”. This small notebook then acquires an importance of unsuspected magnitude: it bears witness to the changes in reality experienced by the heroine.
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Reality or post-traumatic shock?
Are these reality shifts tangible in a victim’s life, or are they just post-traumatic psychological disorders Kirby suffers from? To find out, you’ll have to watch “Shining Girls”.
The staging bias that takes these atrocities out of camera range is to be welcomed. Crime scene violence is limited to photographs taken at the scene. And since the action takes place in 1992, these shots are mostly Polaroids of relative quality and sharpness.
In “Shining Girls,” the path the narrative takes is sometimes quite rocky given the sometimes drastic transformations Kirby Mazrachi’s life undergoes. However, the narration does not lose the viewers along the way. And of course, Elisabeth Moss imposes her talent in the composition of this tortured character, without exaggeration, with the delicacy of the game that we know her.
Radio subject: Pascal Bernheim
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