Beast seduced many during its festival run, drawing praise for its unfolding mystery and strange tonal quality. It's the feature debut of writer/director Michael Pearce, and people took note of such a striking first film.
Romance turns dark in Beast, a film that promises more than a few twists and several impressive newcomers to keep your eye on.
Moll (Jessie Buckley) isn’t your average twenty-something. She still lives at home under the oppressive rule of her family, and it’s not until a stranger sweeps her off her feet that she’s ready to leave. Problem is that the stranger may not be as sweet as he appears, and Moll’s pent-up frustration could cause her to follow him farther than she should.
The film seduced many during its festival run, drawing praise for its unfolding mystery and strange tonal quality. It’s the feature debut of writer/director Michael Pearce, and people took note of such a striking first film.
But he’s just one of the people involved who drew big praise, as both leads have also been singled out as ones to watch. Buckley looks like she must carry the film while Johnny Flynn as her amour will likely have to handle a more inscrutable role. Both have done sporadic small parts before, but nothing has put a pin in their careers until now.
With all indications being that this is a strange little film with three different people to keep your eye on, must I really ask if it’s worth tracking down?
Beast is directed by Michael Pearce and stars Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, and Geraldine James. It will be released in the UK on April 27, 2018 and in the US on May 11, 2018. For international release dates, click here.
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