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Beast (2017)

R | | Drama | 11 May 2018 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
... Moll
... Jade
... Pascal Renouf
... Hilary Huntington
... Clifford
... Leigh Dutot
... Polly
... Tamara
... Fletcher
... Theresa Kelly (as Olwen Fouere)
... News Reporter
... Harrison
... Shopper
Claire Rafferty ... News Reporter
... Stuart
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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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$53,248, 13 May 2018, Limited Release

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$753,658, 17 June 2018
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The director lived a time in Jersey and this movie is loosely based on a real life person dubbed The Beast of Jersey who terrorised the island of Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. See more »

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East Coast Run.
Written by Danny O'loughlin
Performed by The Diablos
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Encounter with Kindred Soul, or a Beast
25 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

100 miles a day is how far a killer whale travels in the wild. Held captive it breaks teeth trying to smash through the enclosing wall. Two such independent spirits meet on the dusky seashore. Eschewing her birthday party and straight-laced family in favor of a nightclub, Moll is in a desperate situation in a variety of ways when she first encounters Pascal along a remote section of beach. There is a series of missing and presumed murdered local young women in the news and so this is no time for her to be alone with an obvious outcast and loner, yet internally Moll craves an escape and adventure from her stuffy, arranged life. She has either encountered a kindred soul or a beast.

The twists and turns of this riveting and perilous romance play with notions of trust. This first feature from director Michael Pearce is thrilling in its authenticity. Pearce reveals in a rousing way that there is darkness all around, within as well as external to ourselves. The call of adventure both repels and appeals (it repels because it is so difficult to break from what we are familiar with and accustomed to), and the story and actors heighten this inherent tension from beginning to end. Other layers of the film are appealing as well including the stimulating sound of surf and appropriately eerie chords when a gruesome scene is discovered, crime investigators who inspire fear as well as trust, and intriguing chemistry in the romance. Some scenes are a little clunky and disjointed, but not so bad. The metaphor at the beginning about the killer whales was fantastic and I wish there were more such metaphors. Seen at the Miami Film Festival.


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