Poor Things

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Tony McNamara, Alasdair Gray
Main Cast: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 2h 21m

The intriguing and experimental film “Poor Things” presents a narrative that begs for a release in Indian theaters. Its audacious take on sexuality and possessiveness addresses a timely need to balance the current glorification of toxic masculinity. Adapted from a 1992 novel, this 2023 movie offers a refreshing perspective on societal norms.

Set in the past, “Poor Things” follows the life of Bella Baxter, a woman with a childlike innocence, living under the care of a surgeon she affectionately calls God. The film’s premise presents the viewer with a miraculous story of Bella’s survival, her present state and expected evolution. She is not an ordinary human being but a result of Surgeon’s extraordinary act of reviving a nearly deceased pregnant woman by transplanting an infant’s brain into her body, giving birth to Bella Baxter.

Her journey serves as the central focus of the film, offering viewers a glimpse into her exploration and adventures. As she navigates through new experiences, both thrilling and distasteful, her worldview evolves, challenging societal conventions and accepted norms.

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The writer’s imaginative prowess deserves commendation for shaping such a thought-provoking storyline. The idea is simple: how we lose our innocence as we grow up, succumbing to societal notions and beliefs and surrendering to accepted mindset. Bella does the opposite, she rejects any attempt of society to brainwash her and let no men possess her.

With its theme of self-discovery and empowerment, “Poor Things” transcends the realm of entertainment to become a necessary commentary on contemporary society. It serves as a reminder of the importance of leading your own dance and resisting societal constraints.

‘Poor Things’ Trailer

Pankaj Madaan

A filmmaker and a screenwriter known for his comprehensive knowledge of world cinema and insightful commentary on the Hindi film industry.

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