The Beast

The Beast

May 3, 2024
A vast unsettling dream of the future and the past.

Details About the Film

In the distant future when humanity has moved beyond the need for emotionality and connection, Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) undergoes a surgical procedure to have her DNA–and the embedded memories within–removed. In doing so, Gabrielle quickly realizes that all of her incarnations have been irrevocably intertwined with that of Louis (George MacKay). Shifting between three time periods, Gabrielle’s and Louis’s fates intermingle in Belle Époque-era Paris, 21st century Los Angeles, and the year 2044. Inspired by Henry James’s novella “The Beast in the Jungle,” French director Betrand Bonello (Nocturama) delivers a sci-fi epic that grapples with artificial intelligence, incel culture, love and hate, and destiny versus free-choice.

Director(s): Bertrand Bonello
Starring: Léa Seydoux, George MacKay, Guslagie Malanda, Dasha Nekrasova, Martin Scali
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 146 minutes
Country: France, Canada
Language(s): English, French
Content Warning(s): Racially or Sexually Motivated Violence
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)
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