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688 Ratings

The Beast

La bête

Directed by Walerian Borowczyk
France, 1975
Drama, Fantasy, Horror
  • French
  • English


The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to the French countryside to meet with the family, unaware that a mysterious ‘beast’ is stalking the vicinity.

Our take

The beginning of the end for Walerian Borowczyk? Or the birth of a new phase, far beyond Buñuel, pushing the level of nudity, perversity and directness of non-pornographic cinema to new levels? Perhaps: But you’ve been warned! This black (and “pink”!) comic farce delights as much as it offends.

The Beast Directed by Walerian Borowczyk

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