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Poor Things (2023)

In an alternate universe of Victorian London, “Poor Things” unfolds as a mesmerizing tale of science, love, and liberation. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and produced by Emma Stone, the film introduces us to Bella Baxter (played by Emma Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant yet unorthodox scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter (portrayed by Willem Dafoe).

Bella, once a pregnant woman named Victoria, met a tragic end when she threw herself off a bridge. But Dr. Baxter’s audacious experiment replaced Victoria’s brain with that of her unborn fetus, granting Bella an adult body. As Max McCandles (played by Ramy Youssef), a promising medical student, becomes Godwin’s assistant, he observes Bella’s peculiar behaviors and rapid mental progress.

Max finds himself drawn to Bella, and their connection deepens into love. Godwin supports their union, and Max proposes to Bella. However, Bella’s curiosity about the outside world grows insatiable. She discovers the pleasures of self-pleasure, unburdened by societal norms. Despite their impending marriage, Bella’s desire for exploration leads her to Duncan Wedderburn (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo), a debauched lawyer who invites her on a whirlwind adventure across continents.

Godwin reluctantly lets Bella go, and she embarks on a journey with Duncan, indulging in both sexual exploration and newfound freedom. Meanwhile, Godwin attempts to replicate his experiment with another young woman named Felicity (played by Margaret Qualley). However, Felicity’s progress differs significantly from Bella’s.

“Poor Things” delves into themes of identity, desire, and societal constraints. Bella’s liberation challenges norms, and her quest for equality becomes unwavering. In this mesmerizing alternate reality, love and curiosity intertwine, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of existence.

Prepare to be captivated by this fantastical and thought-provoking journey—a tale where life, death, and desire converge in unexpected ways.

The programme starts 30 minutes after doors open and on Saturdays the main feature about 60 minutes after doors open.

The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.

Doors open:

6:30pm Saturday 12th October 2024


Yorgos Lanthimos


Drama, Comedy, Romance
2h 21m
Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe
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