The mystifying thriller, Animals, was shown at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 16th. Here is our review of the film.
Also known as Tiere, this German film was directed by Greg Zglinski as well as co-written by Jörg Kalt and Greg Zglinski. The film stars Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri, and Mehdi Nebbou.
A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick, which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations – or in someone else’s imagination.
I’m going to start off by saying that Animals is a beautifully told story with some super creepy elements. Throughout the film, you’re not really sure what is going on, but the way the story is told is captivating, gritty, and surreal. I wanted to know more about the characters, how they got there, and if any of this was really happening.
The acting in Animals was delivered exceptionally well and the characters were realistic and relatable. However, the performance by Minichmayr was brilliant. I could feel every emotion she delivered, whether it was sad, scared, confused, hurt, or happy. She captured the screen and made me fall in love with cinema all over again.
The ending left me with so many questions, but it was intentionally done. I would love to talk to the director to ask what everything meant, but I think each viewer is going to interpret the film in their own way, especially the ending.
Overall, this is neither a spooky story nor is it a blood bath, but it truly messes with your head and that’s scary enough for me. I highly recommend checking Animals out and let us know what you think when you do!