Jessie Buckley – a revelation – plays Moll, a young woman who lives on the island of Jersey and takes care of her father who has dementia. She is oppressed by her cruel mother.
Repressed emotions, denied feelings of lust, and deep frustration are piled up. She throws herself into the arms of Pascal, a rough outsider who is introduced as a serial killer who has raped and murdered three young girls. Beast, the debut by the British director Michael Pearce, falls only slightly short of being an excellent arthouse thriller.