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The Beast

The Beast

The Beast

Dir. Bertrand Bonello
146 min

Theatrical run starts April 26. Showtimes and tickets here.

2044: Gabrielle is terrified of her emotions. To suppress them, she undergoes a surgical process to extract past lives from her DNA. But when she meets Louis, she realizes that her fate, and those troubling emotions, are inexorably linked with his.

Estrangement and alienation run deep as Bertrand Bonello juggles three scenarios set in 1910, 2014 and 2044 with Léa Seydoux and George MacKay playing the leads in all three stories of missed connections. From a future where we can control (or at least suppress) our memories, to our contemporary culture of anxiety and isolation, and to bone fide romantic longing, Bonello jumps back and forth in time in his skillful concoction of science fiction, romance, and political commentary. Based on Henry James’ wistful short story “The Beast in the Jungle”, The Beast is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 146 min
Country/Region: France, Canada
Language: French, English
Print Source: Sideshow / Janus Films
Tags: Adaptation, Best of Fest, Drama, Francophone, Romance, Science Fiction


Director: Bertrand Bonello
Producer: Bertrand Bonello, Justin Taurand, Xavier Dolan
Cinematographer: Josée Deshaies
Screenwriter: Bertrand Bonello, Guillaume Bréaud, Benjamin Charbit
Editor: Anita Roth
Composer: Anna Bonello
Principal Cast: George MacKay, Léa Seydoux, Julia Faure, Martin Scali, Dasha Nekrasova