Holy Beasts

Directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
90 Minutes
Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico
Spanish, English, French
Not Rated
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Aging punk diva Vera arrives in Santo Domingo to direct a musical film. Welcoming her are two other old friends, the producer and the cinematographer, with whom Vera spent the golden years of their youth together as an artistic troupe. The Caribbean production is sumptuous, the musical numbers are grand. But mysterious forces threaten the shoot and death begin to creep up on the haunted production.

  • Highest Rating
    "Critic's Pick. This is a sleek, intellectual homage within a homage, a fictional consideration of what it means to continue the legacy of a real artist who has been lost. It is a credit to both the intelligence of the filmmakers and to Chaplin’s commanding performance that the movie effectively encourages its audience to consider the same questions that haunt Vera: Does this image capture the spirit that animated Jorge’s work? "
    Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "[T]he casting is perfect. Chaplin’s superbly expressive face and body language are truly out of time here."
    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "It’s amusing, outré an and takes many risks, and Chaplin is worth every second."
    Anne Brodie, What She Said
  • Highest Rating
    "...impresses in almost every scene."
    Roger Moore, Movie Nation
  • Highest Rating
    "A surreal trilingual ode."
    Manuel Betancourt, Remezcla
  • Highest Rating
    "Chaplin wields that exact combination of strength and vulnerability that is both a synthesis of the figure of the mythical Jean-Louis Jorge and an epitome of his presence as a star."
    Paula Vázquez Prieto, La Nación (Argentina)
  • Highest Rating
    "The stage presence, the body movements, the looks and the silences of the daughter of the great Charlie, are a master class in acting. "
    Nicolás Quinteros, EscribiendoCine

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Bildrausch Filmfest Basel
Official Selection
Los Cabos Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Shanghai Int'l. Film Festival