“Fresh” examines human connection


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The film takes a deep dive into how modern day dating apps can take a twisted turn from finding potential love to horror.

The modern dating scene can be full of horrors. With a single swipe to the right, you could very well be setting yourself up for failure if you try to go further in the relationship. It sort of makes you wonder: how far are you willing to go for human connection?

This is the question posed in the film “Fresh,” now streaming on Hulu. Directed by Mimi Cave, the film explores the idea of human connection within the dating scene. It’s a story of boy meets girl, but the girl could potentially die at the boy’s hands. Tale as old as time, right?

Daisy Edgar-Jones (best known for her work in “Normal People”) plays Noa, our protagonist in this film. Noa, like many twenty-somethings out there, tries her hand at the dating scene. One failed date after another leads to doubts that she is even cut out for dating to begin with.

After a pep talk by her best friend, Noa gathers up her courage and runs headfirst back into the fight. The meet-cute in this particular instance takes place in a grocery store. Steve (played by Sebastian Stan) offers Noa a cotton candy grape in the fruit aisle, which sort of cements their connection. Steve and Noa swap numbers and eventually hook up.

However, Steve seems to be hiding the fact that he has some rather unorthodox dietary preferences. Enter the tired cannibal trope, but sexier. The film does give off “Silence of the Lambs” vibes in some places, but a bit less creepy.

“Fresh” leans into how the current dating world has been changed by the pandemic’s social distancing restrictions. Throughout the film, there are various moments that serve as an allegory for our need for human connection.

While “Fresh” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, its central message applies to all: Don’t be so desperate for real human connection that you fail to realize warning signs in your potential partner when they are present.