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Beau Is Afraid

From his darkest fears come the greatest adventure 

Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Ari Aster 
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Parker Posey  
An image from Beau Is Afraid


Described as a "zonky nightmare comedy", when the trailer for Beau is Afraid from A24 released in January this year, no one knew what quite to expect from the same director as 2018's Hereditary and 2019's Midsommar (Ari Aster).

What I can only describe as The Truman Show meets Wizard of Oz - the plot seems to follow the socially-anxious Beau (Joaquin Phoenix), who in his failed attempt to go visit his elderly mother, gets caught in a wild, chaotic and disturbing adventure of self-discovery.

From the looks of it, Beau is Afraid is going to be creative, weird, and unsettling in all the ways a "zonky nightmare comedy" (note: not a horror film!) can be. We can anticipate an amazing performance in the leading role from Joaquin Phoenix (Joker, Gladiator) and being a film that has been 9 years in the making (based on one of Ari Aster's early short films) Beau is Afraid is certainly going to be the film everyone will be talking about.

Joe Asaoka-Wright

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Screenings of this film:

2022/2023 Summer Term (digital)
2022/2023 Summer Term (digital)