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Beast (2018)

Treated by her mother as troubled and fragile, 27-year-old Moll works as a tour guide while living with her controlling, wealthy parents, and helping to care for her father with dementia. The island community is on-edge following a string of unsolved rape/murders of young women.

During Moll's birthday party, her sister hijacks the reception by announcing she is pregnant. Feeling undervalued by her family, Moll leaves the party and goes to a nightclub. She meets a man, they dance, but in the morning as they walk on the beach, he begins forcing himself on her as she tells him to stop. At that moment a poacher with a hunting rifle rescues her. She is drawn to this young man, Pascal, craving love and excitement, although she is warned by family that he is a low class loser. As their relationship blossoms, Moll reveals to him that as a teenager she stabbed one of her classmates with scissors, claiming it was in self-defence. He shows his support for her.

A fourth murder victim is discovered, a girl who disappeared on the night of Moll's birthday party. She is also warned by the local police detective that fancies her, Clifford, that Pascal was the main suspect in an earlier murder, and was convicted at 18 of sexually assaulting a 14 year old. She lies to him claiming she met Pascal at the nightclub and they danced there all night. Moll confronts Pascal about both accusations, and he reacts angrily, saying that every day he regrets his mistakes, but the sex with the girl was consensual, and she was manipulated into lying about him. He lets slip that he loves her, and she lovingly reciprocates.

At a formal function at the local country club with her family, Moll's sister gets Pascal ejected for wearing jeans. An indignant Moll makes a toast saying she forgives her family for everything "they've done for her," and as they leave she wrecks the immaculate putting green. She moves into Pascal's modest house, but one night the police barge in to arrest Pascal, and interrogate her. She repeats her lie about meeting him in the club. The lead detective accuses Moll of protecting a murderer who lacks the capacity to love anyone, and wonders aloud if she is seeking retribution against the community. Moll returns to Pascal's house alone, where she is plagued by nightmares, and hounded by the press.

Moll becomes overwhelmed at her job, and goes to find the girl she stabbed, who has a scar on her cheek. Moll apologizes and claims she wants to make amends, but when she says she did it in self-defence, the woman yells at her to leave. Moll attends the deceased girl's memorial, and attempts comfort the girl's mother, but is yelled at and chased out.

Clifford informs her that they caught the real murderer, an immigrant farmer. He apologizes for treating her with suspicion but insists that Pascal is still bad news. Relieved, Moll and Pascal celebrate by going out drinking, but when she tells him she can't stay on this island and suggests they build a life elsewhere, he reacts angrily. They argue, and he slams her against a wall, choking her. He apologizes, but she runs to Clifford's house and admits to lying about Pascal's whereabouts. He tells her to get out. She goes to where the latest victim was discovered, lying down in the dirty hole.

At a beach front restaurant, Moll plies herself and Pascal with alcohol, and invites him to admit to the murders, saying she absolutely accepts him for whoever he is. She coaxes him by admitting her own secret: that she actually stabbed that girl in revenge. Pascal appears torn, then says, they meant nothing is him, and that it is over; she seems relieved and happy. On the drive home she asks for a kiss, and when they lean into each other, Moll unbuckles his seat belt and jerks the wheel. Badly injured in the street, he begs her to stop, saying they are "the same." Moll strangles him, and gets to her feet.

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