THE ABSTRACT: “Beau Is Afraid” is a draining but challenging masterpiece.

Beau is Afraid is an incredible cinematic experience that defies traditional storytelling conventions. Director Ari Aster expertly confronts the audience with their deepest fears, leaving them in a state of contemplation long after the credits roll.

The film follows the journey of Beau, a man consumed by hypochondria and hysteria. Through a series of events, he finds himself on a surreal and haunting adventure that is both captivating and disturbing. The journey begins as a satire of 70s crime and horror cinema, but quickly evolves into a twisted and bizarre yarn.

What makes Beau is Afraid so unique is its use of silence and blackout intervals. The film’s overwhelming “nothingness” allows the audience to question and contemplate what they’ve just seen, forcing them to relive moments they had previously wished to forget. The result is an immersive and addictive experience that will leave viewers thinking long after they’ve left the theater.

At the center of the film is Joaquin Phoenix’s powerful performance as Beau. He brings a sense of hysteria and anxiety that adds to the film’s collection of emotions. The supporting cast, including Patti LuPone and Parker Posey, also deliver strong performances.

The film’s editing by Lucian Johnston and photography by Pawel Pogorzelski are integral to its success. The rebellious and suffocating photography, in particular, gives the film an added layer of intensity.

Beau is Afraid is a film that challenges the idea that every narrative must have a lesson. Instead, it encourages viewers to question themselves and their own experiences. Aster’s bold and idiosyncratic style may not explore family relationships like his previous work in Hereditary, but it delivers a surreal, sensory, and raw experience that is both satisfying and haunting.

Beau is Afraid is a masterpiece of modern cinema. It is a must-see for anyone who loves challenging and thought-provoking films. Be warned, however, that the film’s abstract epic may leave you emotionally drained and in need of a long moment of reflection.

WORDS: brice.


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