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In the high-stakes world of fashion, anything could happen – but very little does. Ana, Veronica and Paula find friendship in this flashy industry, but will they be able to keep it? In the tradition of The Devil Wears Prada, clothes are taken very seriously in Spain’s first fashion-comedy.
Our ditzy heroine Ana jumps off the bus in the capital city of Madrid, eyes round and innocent at the big wide world in front of her. She trips and stumbles her way into the ultra-glamorous world of modelling, where she wears clothes and looks pretty. She meets Veronica, a fellow model who goes down the predictable path of hard drugs while falling for her dealer (a predator who is supposedly attractive). Finally, there is Paula, a model and serial cheater living off daddy’s money who becomes distraught when her boyfriend dumps her. The plot twists are obvious, with the only mystery surrounding the film being why anyone would care enough to keep up.
Paranoid Girls a cute attempt at a new idea that comes apart at the seams. It presents a naïve view of a cut-throat industry that, while visually pleasing, is not realistic. A formulaic story and overzealous acting make it more like a soap-opera, but with worse characterisation; the one-dimensional women are impossible to root for.
At a time when the darker side of modelling has never been more apparent, no audience member will accept a universe where the profession is all sunshine and happiness. If this were a feature length satire on narcissism it would be worth the price of admission, but instead it is more like a worn-out stiletto: fine when you’ve got nothing better to wear, but last season for a reason.
It’s a simple story told with cute outfits and perfectly coiffed hair which ultimately doesn’t ring true. Miranda Priestly would purse her lips at this fashion disaster.
Paranoid Girls does not yet have a UK release date.
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