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Beast (2017)

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A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.

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Michael Pearce

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Michael Pearce
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jessie Buckley ... Moll
Johnny Flynn ... Pascal Renouf
Geraldine James ... Hilary Huntington
Shannon Tarbet ... Polly
Trystan Gravelle ... Clifford
Olwen Fouéré ... Theresa Kelly (as Olwen Fouere)
Charley Palmer Rothwell ... Leigh Dutot
Chris Wilson ... Dinner Guest
Tim Woodward ... Fletcher
Emily Taaffe ... Tamara
Hattie Gotobed ... Jade
Barry Aird ... Stuart
Oliver Maltman ... Harrison
Richard Laing ... News Reporter
Claire Rafferty Claire Rafferty ... News Reporter
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In her tiny island community, twenty-something Moll "Jessie Buckley" quickly falls for charming newcomer Pascal "Johnny Flynn". When he is named the top suspect in several murders around town, she defends him to her family but becomes doubtful as she sees his true colors. Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle, and Shannon Tarbet also star. Written and directed by Michael Pearce.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The director, Michael Pearce, previously lived in Jersey and this movie is loosely based on a real life person dubbed The Beast of Jersey who terrorized the island of Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hilary Huntington: That was good, all of you. Moll, I need more from you. Can we take it from the beginning?
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Steal It
Written and Performed by BoA
Licensed courtesy of LAB records / W Songs
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Gripping, subtle genius
26 December 2019 | by uberdonkey6See all my reviews

Superb acting was necessary for this subtle, gripping and intriguing drama, and it was there. Two leads were superb and you really didn't know who was the murderer, but even more importantly, the way it delved into the psychology of those that have regrets for past bad actions and feelings of lack of support and confinement is excellent.

I don't believe what is being done here has ever been done in a film before, at least not as well, in empathising with characters and behaviours we don't really understand.

Don't worry, this is not a gruesome or horrific or jumpy film. It simply keeps you wondering about the main lead relationship, and especially the female's conflicted feelings between love and trusting whether her charismatic boyfriend is a killer or not; at the same time dealing with her own inner demons and trying to get a taste of freedom and excitement denied to her by her oppressive family.

Excellent writing, excellent story, some subtle but beautiful metaphor (plucking out the single ugly hair on her chin). Nice scenary of Jersey and though a form of 'murder mystery' the depth and character development/understanding gives a far far different feeling than Bergerac.

I recommend this film to adults (children won't understand depth of self questioning characters go through) and those that like an intriguing and realistic and slightly disturbing story. I hope it was a contender for film of the year.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,248, 13 May 2018

Gross USA:

$800,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,744,071
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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