Directed by Michael Pearce. UK. 2017. R. 1 hour 47 minutes. Roadside Attractions. Digital.
Fri., June 22, 2018 thru Thu., June 28, 2018
Ends Thu, Jun 28.
In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she learns what she’s capable of as she defends him at all costs.
“Aided and abetted by Benjamin Kracun’s alluringly sensual cinematography, Mr. Pearce has created a feverish fairy tale riven with dark horrors and forbidden desires. …Bathed in a shadowy beauty and slippery psychological atmosphere, “Beast” soars on Ms. Buckley’s increasingly animalistic performance.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“Buckley goes as far as the material requires her to go, and then goes even further than that. Flynn, too, gives a terrifically suggestive performance. The two are amazing onscreen together. You don’t know which one to look at, their dynamic is so strange and alive. Who’s the predator and who’s the prey here?” – Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
“If “Beast” were nothing more than a superbly acted misfit romance, it would be enough. Buckley, an Irish actress who recently appeared in the BBC miniseries adaptation of “War & Peace,” is a startling talent, with the kind of face that can beam with uplift one minute and disintegrate into anguish the next. She and Flynn achieve such an instinctive, dangerous chemistry that you could imagine the movie working just as well — perhaps even slightly better — without a serial killer plugging away in the background.” – Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times
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