The Beasts

The Beasts ★★★★

I didn’t always buy the attempts at naturalism here, there are some scenes that felt forced to me, but I was absolutely captivated throughout. There were several very long scenes that worked like magic. The final negotiation in the bar between Antoine and Xan, with Lorenzo watching on, is sort of a masterpiece.

And I do love me a good bicameral flick, that is, a movie that changes gears entirely at some point. This becomes such a different movie that it challenges the previous thematic intentions and introduces new ones. The ending felt a little soft, but they took the high road, as they did with many of the story beats throughout, and it only reinforces how many times the movie subverted my expectations, which was nice. The dog’s character may be useless, but that dog is a pretty good actor.

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