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Rare Beasts

  • 2019
  • Billie Piper
  • 90 mins
  • 15
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Billie Piper makes her directorial debut with this acerbic romantic comedy. She also stars as Mandy, a single mother whose tired and cynical approach to the men in her life indicates that she has been chewed up and spat out by the patriarchy. After she's challenged by her new colleague Pete (Leo Bill), the pair begin a relationship that toggles frantically between frustration and short bursts of joy. The taut screenplay is carried by lightning-quick, knotty exchanges, and there's a heightened, jarring quality to the cinematography. Though Rare Beasts is tethered to its central relationship, it lands as a character study of a weary woman grappling with her sense of self-worth - a theme that also runs through Piper's pitch-black TV series I Hate Suzie. The underlying messages are too muddled to be impactful, yet the pointed dialogue and powerful performances make this an auspicious first feature.

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Credits

Cast

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MandyBillie Piper
PeteLeo Bill
MarionKerry Fox
LarchToby Woolf
CressidaLily James
VicDavid Thewlis
DougieJonjo O'Neill
CathyAntonia Campbell-Hughes

Crew

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DirectorBillie Piper

Details

Theatrical distributor
Republic Film Distribution
Released on
2021-05-21
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse
Formats
Colour
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