Poor Things: Frankenstein meets Alice in Wonderland on a cinematic roller coaster

“Poor Things”/”Sarmane creaturi”, an eccentric visual and emotional experience, signed by the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (known for The Favorite and The Lobster) and the producer Emma Stone, enters the cinemas in Romania, starting this weekend.

With 11 Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Soundtrack, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Most good choreography, best costumes, best make-up, best editing), the second highest-grossing film of 2023 after Oppenheimer, Poor Things follows the adventure of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), a young woman brought back brought back to life from the brink of death by the eccentric scientist Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe) in a humorously unconventional and surprising way. Based on Alasdair Gray's novel, published by Polirom, “Poor Things” is not just a film, but a memorable visual performance that brings to the fore themes such as social constructs and stereotypes, sexuality or patriarchy.

Poor Things enters cinemas in Romania this weekend

A story of female freedom and emancipation

The feature film premiered on September 1 at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the top prize, the Golden Lion for best film. More than 70 other awards and more than 300 nominations were added to this distinction, including the Golden Globe for Emma Stone or the Award for the best film in the comedy/musical section, surpassing in this category the film with the highest grossing in cinemas in 2023, Barbie.

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Poor Things is set in an indefinable Gothic period in a warped universe where the brilliant scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter revives a young woman by implanting her with an immaculate consciousness. Thus, Bella Baxter takes shape, a child's soul, in a woman's body, who pursues her freedom and emancipation, in a series of adventures, spread over several continents. The plot also involves the young medical student, Max McCandless (Ramy Youssef), but also the lawyer Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a projection of the idea of ​​toxic masculinity, based on obsession with control and insecurity.

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The film stands out for the costumes, thanks to the contribution of the designer Holly Waddington, but also for the make-up and hair-style, signed by Nadia Stacey.

This courageous interpretation can be watched on the big screens in Romania starting from February 9, 2024, the date of the official premiere, or in previews from February 3-4 and February 7-8, in partner cinemas throughout the country.