The Beast review: Is AI the beast in a powerful tale about emotions?

Léa Seydoux and George MacKay in The Beast

Carole Bethuel

The Beast

Bertrand Bonello

The Beast, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, is set partly in a near future in which artificial intelligence is in control of everyone’s lives and human emotions are perceived as a threat.

Directed by Bertrand Bonello, the film is loosely based on a Henry James novella, The Beast in the Jungle, but is far removed from that book’s fatalistic manifesto. The story unfolds over three separate years: 1910, 2014 and 2044. In …


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