Modern auteur director Ari Aster has been celebrated for his unique style with films like Hereditary and Midsommar, but it looks like he’s going to be moving from the horror genre with the upcoming Beau is Afraid starring Joaquin Phoenix. The film is set to hit theaters later this month, and we have a new featurette giving us a look at Aster’s next cinematic trip.
Check this out:
Aster says about the movie:
“If you pumped a 10-year-old full of Zoloft and had him get your groceries, that’s like this movie… I wanted to make a film where it feels like you’ve been through a life—or even through a person… It’s like a Jewish Lord of the Rings, but he’s just going to his mom’s house.”
Despite all the previews we’ve gotten for the movie, the plot for Beau is Afraid is admittedly still very vague. Then again, this is an A24 film with Aster at the helm, so we should probably expect something that is already a bit more arthouse than your usual cinematic experience. I’m just hoping that the movie won’t be too hard to understand; more of The Northman rather than The Lighthouse, if you watch my drift.
Here’s the description for the film:
“A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer-director Ari Aster.”
Beau is Afraid comes to theaters on April 21.