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Starring: Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Margaret Qualley, Kathryn Hunter
Sci-fi romance directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Poor Things (2023) centers on Bella Baxter (Emma Stone) who is brought back to life by scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with slick and debauched lawyer Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), and travels across continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.
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Dr. Godwin Baxter: This is Bella.
Bella Baxter: Ba ba.
Dr. Godwin Baxter: Bella, this is Mr. McCandles.
Max McCandless: Hello, Bella.
[Bella hits him in the face]
Dr. Godwin Baxter: This is Bella. She’s an experiment. Her brain and her body are not quite synchronized. But she is progressing at an accelerated pace.
Max McCandless: Tell me, where did she come from?
Dr. Godwin Baxter: I shall. For it is a happy tale.
Bella Baxter: I am Bella Baxter. And there is a world to enjoy, circumnavigate. It is the goal of all to progress, grow.
Bella Baxter: [after having had sex with Duncan] Why do people not do this all the time?
Duncan Wedderburn: [after she spits out her food] Bella!
Bella Baxter: Why keep it in my mouth if it revolting?
Swiney: A woman plotting her course to freedom. How delightful.
Bella Baxter: I am finding being alive fascinating.
Dr. Godwin Baxter: We must experience everything, Bella. This makes us whole.