Fantasia 2012: Love enters the belly of the ‘Beast’
Directed by Christoffer Boe
Written by Christoffer Boe
Everybody enjoys a well told love story. The sub genre, less prominent perhaps, is the doomed love story, the ones in which the two protagonists do not get exactly what they want by the film’s end. It can be played in such a way that grips the audience, sending them on an emotionally charged ride along with the characters. A second variation of the sub genre pushes the limits of what makes a love story even further, David Cronenberg’s The Fly being a prime example. The emotional tugs are there, even though the movie is more hard core than one’s typical romance tale. Then there are projects the likes of Christoffer Boe’s Beast, movies that purport to be about the emotional side of the breakdown, with that aspect serving as mere salad dressing for the far more experimental intentions lurking underneath.
On a cold winter’s day, Bruno (Nicolas Bro) and Maxine (Marijana Jankovic), holding hands and giving themselves gentle kisses, walk around the condo building where they have just purchased their new home to start what they believe shall be a passionate life together. Flash forward some time later (weeks, months, years…it is unclear). They sit at a café, sipping their respective drinks quietly, Maxine hardly making eye contact with Bruno at all. The latter attempts to strike meaningful conversation in an effort to discover and understand where things went wrong for them. Clearly, their relationship has gone sideways, although the audience is not filled in on the complete reason just yet. From that point onwards, the disintegration of what they once had ventures into unsettling, para-normal territory. One scene depicts Bruno laying over Maxine body in bed, knife in hand, ready to literally get inside of her as he himself so ferociously states. A cut underneath her wonderful right breast allows Bruno to suck some of her blood, an act which has painful repercussions in the weeks that follow, such as whenever Maxine secretly meets with her new lover, mutual friend Valdemar (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), at which point an uncontrollable pain erupts in Bruno’s belly. What is happening to him and how much longer can he take Maxine’s attempts to distance herself from him?