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Beast

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Sexual Content) ~ Runs 107 minutes

Dir.: Michael Pearce, UK

Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James

“Moll Huntford is a shy young woman who feels invisible. But you couldn’t miss her if you tried. Played by the compulsively watchable Jessie Buckley, Moll may be a quiet loner who casts her eyes downward, but her hair is a blaring tangle of fiery orange curls. She’s a wallflower who sticks out like a sunflower... Set on the isolated, wind-lashed island of Jersey, which immediately puts you in the mind of a modern-day Bronte novel, this slow-building film starts off as a familiar sort of forbidden romance but quickly shifts into something more mysterious. After walking out of her own birthday party... Moll leaves the club with a guy and they go to the beach, where he tries to sexually force himself on her. But she’s saved by a handsome, brooding local named Pascal, who’s out hunting rabbits. She’s immediately attracted, but also a little scared of him. After all, there’s been a series of murders of young women on the island, and the police think that Pascal may be their prime suspect simply because he’s from the wrong side of the tracks... The more Moll’s told to stay away, the harder she falls. She wants danger. Plus, the two may have more in common than she admits. Pearce takes his time laying out his sleeping-with-the-enemy tale, but his stinginess with plot lends the film an vice-tightening air of mystery that suits it perfectly. The natural beauty of Jersey also makes you want to book a trip there right away - well, if it weren’t for all those murders. I won’t give away what happens in the final stretch of the film, but you won’t be able to take your eyes off Buckley.” - Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly



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