By Michael O’Sullivan | Washington Post

“Beast” is the kind of movie where, when a sexy stranger tells a woman he has just met that he’s “good with his hands,” you can bet he isn’t talking about carpentry. Pascal, the hunky young man in question, is played by British actor Johnny Flynn with a smoldering, animal intensity that emanates from the screen, like musk. In fact, after the film’s 27-year-old heroine, Moll (Jessie Buckley), has entered into a sexual relationship with Pascal – because, the film suggests, how could she not? – Moll tells him that the thing she likes best about him is his smell.

That isn’t a view shared by Moll’s imperious mother (Geraldine James), who literally turns up her nose at her daughter’s new boyfriend, as if he’s just spent the night outside (which may be the case, judging by his perpetually unwashed appearance). It doesn’t help matters that there happens to be a serial killer at large who has been murdering young women on the picturesque English island of Jersey, where the film is set, and that Pascal – who has a criminal record, including statutory rape – has been investigated as a suspect.

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The title of this moody feature debut by writer-director Michael Pearce is meant to highlight Pascal’s unsavory past, as well as to interrogate our assumptions about the working class. But Moll, who, as a teenager, once stabbed a schoolmate who had been bullying her, is no angel either. Despite singing in the church choir and holding down a respectable job as a guide for tourists visiting Jersey’s historic sites, she has a strong rebellious streak.

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