CAST: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Hattie Gotobed DIRECTOR: Michael Pearce CAPTIONED ON WEDNESDAYS | ENDS JUNE 7
Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.
The narrative has a gambit that steers Beast into the terrain of a horror film, offsetting the sentimentality of the audience-flattering romance.Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
There's a haunting starkness to [Michael] Pearce's direction and bleak poetry in his tricky, icky story, which starts out as a psychological drama before branching out into horror and is dominated by Buckley's quivering intensity.Paul Whitington, Irish Independent
Electrifying and genre-busting, this romantic mystery thriller toys with our expectations and plays with ambiguity. Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn are mesmerizing separately and explosive together.MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher