The Perfection is a 2019 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Richard Shepard.

Official trailers

Netflix on Monday, April 15, 2019 released the trailer:
The Perfection | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

Charlotte Willmore is a talented young cellist that was forced to leave Bachoff, a prestigious music school in Boston, to care for her terminally ill mother. After her mother's death years later, Charlotte reaches out to Anton, the head of the academy, and travels to Shanghai to join Anton, his wife Paloma, and teachers Geoffrey and Theis in selecting a new student. Charlotte befriends Lizzie, Anton's star pupil who replaced Charlotte at Bachoff. After a night of clubbing, they return to Lizzie's hotel room and have sex. When Lizzie awakens with a hangover, Charlotte offers her some ibuprofen, which she takes with a shot of alcohol, and joins her on a trip through rural China. Boarding a bus after eating at a street food stall, Lizzie begins to feel progressively ill and takes more of Charlotte's ibuprofen. As her condition worsens, she throws up maggots and spirals into a panic, frightening the other passengers until the driver ejects her and Charlotte from the bus, stranding them in the countryside. Increasingly ill and paranoid, Lizzie sees bugs crawling inside her arm and eventually bursting out of her skin, before Charlotte offers her a meat cleaver and Lizzie hacks off her infected right hand. It is revealed that Charlotte drugged Lizzie with medication prescribed to Charlotte's late mother which can induce hallucinations (especially when consumed with alcohol), stole the meat cleaver from the food stall, and manipulated Lizzie into cutting off her own hand. Three weeks later, Anton and Paloma give their new student from China, Zhang Li, a tour of Bachoff and the "Chapel", an acoustically perfect room where the academy's best students perform. That night, Lizzie arrives unexpectedly, her right hand missing. She explains her recollection of events to Anton and Paloma, and that she was discovered unconscious on the side of the road with a makeshift tourniquet around her arm, keeping her alive. Lizzie is adamant that Charlotte orchestrated the incident out of jealousy. Anton, initially sympathetic, turns cold and informs Lizzie the next day that she must leave the academy. On her way out, she looks at the photos in the hall and smashes a framed picture of Charlotte.


Allison Williams
Logan Browning
Steven Weber
Anton, the head of Bachoff Academy
Alaina Huffman
Paloma, Anton's wife
Molly Grace
Young Charlotte
Milah Thompson
Young Lizzie
Graeme Duffy
Mark Kandborg
Eileen Tian
Zhang Li
Christina Jastrzembska
Glynis Davies
Winnie Hung
Stephen Chang
Elderly Man
Doralynn Mui
Guest at Party #3
Evelyn Chew
Mother on Bus
Sharon Crandall
Man's Wife
Vince Tsang
Man at Party
Leanne Wang
Young Lady on Bus
Grace Wang
Guest at party #2
Alex Lee
Party Cellist's Mother
Sofy Chen
Little Girl
Johnny Ji
Li Jun


The film The Perfection was scheduled to be released on September 20, 2018 (Fantastic Fest) and on May 24, 2019 (United States) by Netflix.

The duration of the film is 90 minutes.


The Perfection got high rating from critics.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: The Perfection

Wikipedia: The Perfection

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