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3 November 2006 (Canada) See more »
La Belle Bête is a powerful study of the conflict between beauty and ugliness, hate and love. The story revolves around three main characters... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carole Laure ... Louise

Caroline Dhavernas ... Isabelle-Marie

Marc-André Grondin ... Patrice

David La Haye ... Lanz
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Michael

Ludivine Reding ... Anne (as Ludivine Dubé-Reding)
Normand Lévesque ... Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicolas Girard Deltruc ... Vendeur de journaux

Richard Tassé ... Hunter

Directed by
Karim Hussain 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marie-Claire Blais  novel & screenplay
Karim Hussain 

Produced by
Anne Cusson .... producer
Julien Fonfrede .... producer
Karim Hussain .... producer
Lyse Lafontaine .... executive producer
Michael Mosca .... executive producer
Franca Visconti .... supervising producer
Original Music by
David Kristian 
Cinematography by
Karim Hussain 
Film Editing by
Eric Lavoie 
Art Direction by
Richard Tassé 
Costume Design by
Patricia McNeil 
Makeup Department
George Tucci .... special makeup effects artist
Art Department
Alain Cadieux .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
C.J. Goldman .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Claire Coutelle .... digital color grader
Camera and Electrical Department
Benoit Beaulieu .... gaffer
Stéphane Caron .... first assistant camera
Karim Hussain .... camera operator
Nic René .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Edith Bellehumeur .... assistant editor
Other crew
Tibo Galbois .... post production coordinator
Marjorie Hamel .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La belle bête" - Canada (original title)
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Canada:110 min | Argentina:110 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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19 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Haunted Silence and Emotional Horrors, 28 December 2006
Author: dennisbartok from United States

Director Karim Hussain's LA BELLE BETE, adapted from a book by acclaimed novelist Marie- Claire Blais, feels like a great Louis Malle or Eric Rohmer film from the 1970's that somehow slipped through the cracks. Austere and pared-to-the-bone, both visually and emotionally, the story focuses on the insanely-screwed up relationship between an aging (but still sexy) mother, her oddball daughter, and the beautiful man/boy of a son that they both long to possess and control. Suffice to say this is NOT Norman Rockwell's vision of a happy family. Terrific performances all around in three very difficult roles aided by Hussain's carefully calibrated direction and cinematography (he also served as DP on the film.) A dense, poetic and emotionally harrowing film, this one is well worth the effort.

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