In a tragic, long-in-the-tooth, multi-generational love story, two people have a constant case of bad timing, which ruins the love that could be.

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General Information

Director(s) Bertrand Bonello
Screenplay By Bertrand Bonello, Guillaume Bréaud, Benjamin Charbit
Based On The Short Story “The Beast in the Jungle” Henry James
Date Released (Film Festival – New York Film Festival) October 8, 2023
Genre(s) Drama



Non-English (French)

Film Length 2 Hours 26 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Gabrielle Léa Seydoux
Louis George MacKay

Content Rating Explanation

“The Beast” contains:

  • Dialog: Cursing
  • Violence: Gun violence and blood
  • Sexual Content: non-sexual nudity
  • Miscellaneous: drinking and smoking

Film Summary

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In 1910 Paris, 2014 Los Angeles, and 2044 Paris, we watch Gabrielle and Louis struggle to find each other at the right time and finally have their destined romance. For if it isn’t marriage, it is the mental illness of the other. If not, a world that refuses to foster the type of culture where they can finally be what they struggled for over 130 years.

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.


2044 Louis (George MacKay) and Gabrielle (Lea Seydoux)
“2044 Louis (George MacKay) and Gabrielle (Lea Seydoux),” The Beast, directed by Bertrand Bonello, 2023, (New York Film Festival)

There has been some sense of dread throughout all of Gabrielle’s lifetimes. A longing for more, despite the privilege she had, and it always seems there is a constant loneliness, no matter how she tries.


In all of Louis’ lives, he is a loner who handles the feelings of isolation differently. In 1910, it made him distinguished. In 2014 an incel, and in 2044, comfortably numb and nearly robotic.


Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

Notable Performances or Moments

The 2014 Segment

While it is the most disturbing and funny to a New York City audience, the cream of the crop is the 2014 segment when Louis is an incel and Gabrielle a model unsure of what to do in her life, as she house sits a million-dollar home. In this segment, focused on towards the end, the film wins you back and ends on a strong note as you question what may happen as moments replay over and over again, and it seems the screen even glitches.

Will Louis, frustrated by being a thirty-year-old virgin, truly kill Gabrielle? Can Gabrielle, his first potential victim, convince him she isn’t like the others or what he thinks? Maybe save her life or even find love? It’s a bizarre segment that truly feels like a reprieve from the 2044 segment.


The 1910 Segment

The period piece, where Gabrielle is a pianist in a marriage that is comfortable but lacking passion, like the 2014 segment, could have been its own movie. With a subtle affair, a foreboding ending, and unquestionable chemistry, you easily get wrapped up in what was the beginning of this two-and-a-half-hour tale. Heck, you may even feel bad for her husband, who clearly loves her but isn’t able to ease her longing.

Low Points

On The Fence

It Eventually All Comes Together, You’ll Just Wish It Took Less Time

But then comes the 2044 segment. It’s slow, dry, features a cat being killed, and while you get everything leads up to what happens in 2044, it’s always a relief to escape that segment and something akin to a punishment when you realize you are back. For with the world in 2044 drained of feelings, AI taking over, and no one for Seydoux to often play off of, at least on camera, it’s a struggle. The kind that makes you feel like this movie feels so long because of this segment, given the time it has and how it slows the pacing to a crawl.

Who Is This For?

Those who enjoy strange, bittersweet romance will enjoy what “The Beast” has to offer.


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The Beast (2023) – Overview


While far longer than it needs to be, “The Beast” is the kind of film that, when it is good, it is good, and when it hits a rut, it is like it faceplants into mud and makes little effort to quickly pick itself up and get back to what made it worth watching.

  • The 2014 Segment - 87%
  • The 1910 Segment - 83.5%
  • It Eventually All Comes Together, You’ll Just Wish It Took Less Time - 73%


  • The 1910 Segment
  • The 2014 Segment


  • It Eventually All Comes Together, You’ll Just Wish It Took Less Time

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