The Beasts

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Director(s)Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Writer(s)Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
LanguageFrench, Galician, Spanish
CountrySpain, France
Running Time2HR 18MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Set in a remote mountain village in Galicia, this gripping, edge-of-the-seat thriller depicts the friction between local powerbrokers and a French couple who have moved there to start a new life.

Antoine (Denis Ménochet) and Olga (Marina Foïs) are a French couple who have bought a farm in a rural area of Galicia. Their plan is to work the land, restore ruined homes and live at one with nature. When Norwegian developers approach locals with an offer to pay them in return for building a wind farm on their properties, Antoine and Olga are the only ones to vote against the proposal. As a result, resentment and hostility festers between the couple and their closest neighbours before finally escalating into psychological warfare and shocking violence.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen's psychological thriller is an intense and powerful film reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs and leaves viewers with an unsettling sense that something awful is about to happen.

“A terrific psychological thriller and a brooding, muscular piece of filmmaking” – Wendy Ide

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