Poor Things
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Film Society Series

Poor Things

March 02, 2024

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

Sex, satire and steampunk collide in this fantastical feminist twist on the Frankenstein story, starring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe.

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POOR THINGS | In Theaters December 8 | 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. 

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

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

Part of the Dartmouth Film Society series "It's Complicated," about messy relationships, forbidden love and romance gone wrong.

This film was formerly scheduled for Feb 2, 2024. 

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