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Poor Things
Telluride at Dartmouth

Poor Things

September 16, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of a young woman (Emma Stone) brought back to life by a brilliant and unorthodox scientist (Willem Dafoe).

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Poor Things | Official Trailer | Searchlight Pictures


Director Yorgos Lanthimos reunites with The Favourite star Emma Stone for this funny, furious, proudly feminist take on the Frankenstein story, in which a young woman named Bella is raised from the dead by a Victorian-era scientist (Willem Dafoe). Her brain is the equivalent of an infant's, which means she must relearn language, motor skills and manners. Then a mustachioed cad (Mark Ruffalo) educates this neo-naïf in the ways of carnal knowledge, at which point Bella discovers the joys of sex, the hypocritical sexism of 19th-century polite society and, eventually, how to liberate herself from the shackles of the past and the present. Both a sharp, witty throwback to the pilgrim's-progress satires of yesteryear and a scathing revision of the Prometheus myth, Poor Things features a no-holds-barred performance from Stone as a woman who goes from victim to avenging angel. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

D: Yorgos Lanthimos, US/IRE/UK, 2023, 2h21m

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