BSince the late 1990s, Ertrand Bonello has taken his chosen place in the galaxy. movie theater of the French author: of the confidential artist, sometimes tempted by the most radical experiments. with that Apollonides Memories of Bordeaux (2011) then Saint Laurent (2014), a film inspired by the motif of decadence, had already demonstrated its ability to reach a wider audience without departing from its high standards. Nothing, however, prepared us for the brilliance beast, a great love film dipped in the black ink of romanticism, which, without ever losing sight of the viewer, weaves three spatiotemporal levels of Paris from 1910 to 2044, where artificial intelligence has taken over.
Diseases, natural disasters, dehumanization…
Three times, Louis (George MacKay) and Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) will fall in love. Belle Époque porcelain dolls give way to robots, an earthquake in Los Angeles echoes the Seine flood of the 1910s. Diseases, natural disasters, dehumanization… The anxieties of our time are there, but in the heart. the film, a sensual and feverish love story, carried by two living actors, surpasses them. Bertrand Bonello he signs a film that manages to match the best of David Lynch through its beauty and its mystery. The lost highway (1997) and Mulholland Drive (2001).
The “beast” of the title is from a short novel by Henry James The beast in the jungleThis vague sense of the impending doom that Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) lives in and that gets in the way of her love for Louis (George MacKay) in three different places and three different times. In Belle Époque Paris, Los Angeles in 2014 and Paris again in 2044, visual rhymes abound, but the fire of passion burns and transports us. Great movie.
In theaters on February 7.