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Joaquin Phoenix Is Put Through the Wringer in the Official Trailer for Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid

A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother.

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Put Through the Wringer in the Official Trailer for Ari Aster’s 'Beau Is Afraid'

Given the success of writer-director Ari Aster’s first two features, Hereditary and Midsommar, the anticipation surrounding his next film has been nothing short of intense. Announced in 2021, when it was originally titled Disappointment Boulevard, Beau Is Afraid was described at the time as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.” Flash forward to today and distributor A24 has shared the first look at Beau Is Afraid, in which a paranoid man, played by Joaquin Phoenix, embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother.

In addition to Phoenix, Beau Is Afraid’s cast includes Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Hayley Squires, Denis Ménochet, Kylie Rogers, Armen Nahapetian, Zoe Lister-Jones, Parker Posey, and Patti LuPone.

See the exclusive trailer below.

Beau Is Afraid will be released on April 21.

Ed Gonzalez

Ed Gonzalez is the co-founder of Slant Magazine. His writing has also appeared in The Village Voice and The Los Angeles Times. He’s a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, the Critics Choice Association, and the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association.

3 Comments

  1. Bloat. We need a Dogme 25 manifesto. Let’s see this kid make a good film with 2 million dollars, a hand-held camera and no CGI. I bet he couldn’t, not if his life depended on it.

      • “That’s one of the worst takes I’ve ever heard lol.” You live in someone’s basement? Are you only allowed Internet access once of day for ten minutes? If that’s one of the worst takes you’ve ever heard then you’re not gonna be able to handle life in general.

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