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Love Will Tear us Apart: Sideshow & Janus Films Embrace Bertrand Bonello’s “The Beast”

Love Will Tear us Apart: Sideshow & Janus Films Embrace Bertrand Bonello’s “The Beast”

It just had its NYFF splash and while it was shut out from any of the Golden Lion prizing in Venice, the critic elites (including our site) hail this latest Bertrand Bonello film as his career-defining masterwork. Deadline reports that the Sideshow and Janus Films tandem have landed some definite art house cinema in The Beast. The film (starring Léa Seydoux and George MacKay), was rejected by Cannes and was dedicated to the memory of Gaspard Ulliel who was involved in the project until his untimely death. We don’t have a firm release date yet but we expect this to land sometime early next year. Here is our own Nicholas Bell’s review – stamping this with a rare ★★★★★.

“Outside of solutions which aim to simply numb it, cut it out, or therapize it with tranquility assisted by medication. Such is a main approach into conveying the spectacular cinematic experience of Bonello’s latest, an aggravating, aching masterpiece about the satisfaction of a longing we’re conditioned to search for, but never feels like the experience we’re coerced into expecting based on a myriad of cultural signifiers.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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