Prada is back with their special delivery film series for this holiday season with a trio of films by filmmaker Ryan Hope staring Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons.
This season the house updated their ‘Postman‘ character, who has delivered Prada handbags for several seasons, to The Delivery Man. The 2018’s version leans toward a darker tone to help celebrate the Prada Cahier handbag. The name Cahier is derived from the French for ‘notebook’ – itself a repository for ideas, a collective collection of different stories, and different realities. Here, that notion has inspired three distinct but interconnected narratives, titled Midnight Request, Woman’s Best Friend and Priorities of Love.
J.K. Simmons stars as the enigmatic hero, alongside Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sasha Lane (American Honey) and Bahia Gold (Colony) – a cross-generational selection of talent, cast to depict the distinct identities that comprise Prada women.
Toying with notions of suburban unreality, and urbane sophistication, the stories unfold via three chapters, each charting a different valiant attempt by the delivery man to ensure his precious cargoes reach their final destination, despite pitfalls and obstacles along the way.
One takes place in a nightclub; another a Hollywood Hills mansion with overly protective guard-dog; the third in the Delivery Man’s own home, for an unexpected twist. Playful, subversive, unexpected, they ultimately end with a universal life lesson on the value of family, home and love.
While in previous versions of the series, The Delivery Man character is played as comically affable and has a speaking role, here, director Ryan Hope, makes use of Simmons’s composed swagger, leaning more toward hitman than delivery man. It is a nice change of pace for the house and one that goes against the trend of the moment to make everything embraceable rather than attempting to update the new codes of cool.
Our hat is once again tipped to Miuccia Prada for supporting the film arts, identifying up and coming talent like Ryan Hope, and adjusting the direction to allow the brand to more into uncharted waters. The Impression will update you on the series but until then, remain calm, cool, and collected. The Delivery Man is on his way.
Prada Creative Director | Miuccia Prada
Director | Ryan Hope
Cast | J.K. Simmons, Pom Klementieff, Sasha Lane, Bahia Gold