Weatherend House, 1903: John and May circle each other. She says they met, some 11 years ago. His voice-over describes his sense of being predestined for something, a premonition about 'the beast in the jungle' striking. What is it though? Love? Death?

Director Clara van Gool adapted Henry James’ novel of the same name into a poetic mix of costume drama and dance film. The characters’ movements sometimes develop into a choreography, with brief dances. John and May experience various moments together in different ages: in 1903, during World War II, during the 1960s – they dance the twist – and in the present. A melancholy story about time’s inexorable forward march, whilst waiting for the 'beast from the jungle', told through choreography, smart sound design, repeating dialogues and beautiful cinematography.

Filmmaker
Clara van Gool
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands, Luxembourg
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
English
Producer
Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Production Company
KeyFilm, Amour Fou Luxembourg
Sales
Picture Tree International
Writer
Glyn Maxwell, Clara van Gool
Cinematography
Richard van Oosterhout
Editor
Stefan Kamp
Production Design
Rosie Stapel, Diana van de Vossenberg
Sound Design
Alex Booy
Music
Jeannot Sanavia
Cast
Sarah Reynolds, Dane Jeremy Hurst, Claire Johnston, Sam Louwyck, Larisa Faber, Sylvia Camarda