A man (George MacKay) and a woman (Lea Seydoux) stand staring into each others' eyes. In the background is a small table with a red tablecloth and red lamp, alongside a glittering stripper pole.

About The Beast

Léa Seydoux and George MacKay star in the new film from Bertrand Bonello, an audacious, ambitious and dreamy sci-fi of epic scope, loosely inspired by Henry James’s novella The Beast of the Jungle and playing off contemporary concerns about a world ruled by technology gone rogue.

In the near future, emotions have become a threat. Gabrielle (Seydoux) decides to purify her DNA in a machine that will plunge her into her past lives and rid her of all strong feelings. She then meets Louis (MacKay) and feels a powerful connection to him – as if she had always known him. Circling each other through time, their story spans three distinct periods: 1910, 2014 and 2044.

Building on the core ideas and concerns of his previous films, Bonello’s arresting, intriguing, ravishingly romantic film crosses time and space to depict a dystopia in which people are so afraid of rejection that they eliminate the very possibility of love.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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