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The Beast

Opens on April 26

Director: Bertrand Bonello Run Time: 146 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 2024 Language: French with English subtitles

Starring: George MacKay, Guslagie Malanda, Julia Faure, Kester Lovelace, Léa Seydoux

Screenwriters: Bertrand BonelloGuillaume BréaudBenjamin Charbit

Producers: Justin TaurandBertrand BonelloXavier DolanNancy Grant

The year is 2044: artificial intelligence controls all facets of a stoic society as humans routinely “erase” their feelings. Hoping to eliminate pain caused by their past-life romances, Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) continually falls in love with different incarnations of Louis (George MacKay). Set first in Belle Époque-era Paris, Louis is a British man who woos her away from a cold husband, then in early 21st Century Los Angeles, he is a disturbed American bent on delivering violent “retribution.” Will the process allow Gabrielle to fully connect with Louis in the present, or are the two doomed to repeat their previous fates? Visually audacious director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama) fashions his most accomplished film to date: a sci-fi epic, inspired by Henry James’ turn- of-the-century novella, The Beast in the Jungle, suffused with mounting dread and a haunting sense of mystery. Punctuated by a career-defining, three-role performance by Seydoux, The Beast poignantly conveys humanity’s struggle against dissociative identity and emotionless existence.


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