A harrowing pathology of the soul, The Beautiful Beast centers on a family group: Patrice, the beautiful and narcissistic son; his ugly and malicious sister, Isabelle-Marie; and Louise, their vain and uncomprehending mother.
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What a strange film. It showcases the lives of a family with dysfunctions of truly mythological proportions; the scale of these characters' vices feel almost like they would be more at home in the middle of a Greek myth. At least, that's the only way I've found to approach the story that makes it work for me.