Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most admired independent auteurs having proved to be an expert in merging the deepest of the human nature, our fears, dreams, and instincts, with fantasy and science-fiction themes. Titles like Dogtooth (2009), The Lobster (2015), and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) have raised him to the top of the list of the most revered filmmakers and his new movies are always a must-see.
In his new work Poor Things (2023) he explores with lots of dark humor and a pinch of science-fiction the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter.
Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.
This is the first time Yorgos Lanthimos has adapted a novel into a film. Poor Things (2023) is based on the 1992 Scottish novel of the same name by Alasdair Gray. Tony McNamara, who co-wrote the previous Yorgos Lanthimos film The Favourite (2018) and is also known for the comedy and drama TV series Doctor Doctor (2016–2021) and The Great (2020–), has been in charge of the screenplay.
Emma Stone, Margaret Qualley, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Abbott, Kathryn Hunter, Jerrod Carmichael, and Damien Bonnard form the main cast.
Poor Things (2023) is Rated R for strong and pervasive sexual content, graphic nudity, disturbing material, gore, and language. The movie is distributed by Searchlight Pictures and is set for a release date on September 8, 2023. Its first official teaser trailer is out and you can watch it here.