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Writer-director-star Marina de Van announced herself as one of the strongest and most intriguing female voices in contemporary horror with this shudder-inducing tale of a beautiful young PR rep whose experiments in self-mutilation begin to spiral into full-blown madness.
Esther (Marina de Van) is a young, beautiful and successful PR rep, with a loving boyfriend and what seems to be a perfect life. One day, she accidentally cuts her leg on a scrap of metal; becoming increasingly preoccupied with the wound, Esther begins to experiment with cutting herself. Soon, what began as a strange fascination begins to spiral into full-blown madness, as Esther's grotesque obsession with self-mutilation threatens to destroy her relationships, her career, and even her life. Observing Esther's deterioration with an intimacy that is both disturbing and disturbingly sensual, writer-director-star de Van's grisly allegory about the superficial standards by which women's bodies are judged marked the debut of one of the strongest and most intriguing female voices in contemporary horror cinema.