The Beast


Grand Illusion Cinema Sat, May 4 3:00 PM
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Film Info
Release Year:2024
Science Fiction
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Bertrand Bonello
Cast:Léa Seydoux
George MacKay
Kester Lovelace
Julia Faure
Guslagie Malanda
Screenwriter:Bertrand Bonello
Guillaume Bréaud
Benjamin Charbit


Visually audacious director Bertrand Bonello fashions his most accomplished film to date: a sci-fi epic, inspired by Henry James’ turn-of-the-century novella, suffused with mounting dread and a haunting sense of mystery. Punctuated by a career-defining, three-role performance by Léa Seydoux, THE BEAST poignantly conveys humanity’s struggle against dissociative identity and emotionless existence.


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 (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?