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Animalada (2001)

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Lots of people love animals, but one man takes his fondness for a sheep beyond the boundaries of what's acceptable at your neighborhood petting zoo in this darkly absurd comedy. Alberto (Carlos Roffe) is a wealthy man whose nearly three-decade marriage to Natalie (Cristina Banegas) has run out of gas. While puttering around his summer estate, Alberto spies a sheep being led through the meadow by his caretaker, Miranda (Pepe Monje). Alberto is immediately infatuated with the sheep, and asks Miranda to lock her up in the barn near the house. Naming the ewe "Fanny," Alberto soon falls in love with the animal -- and begins expressing his affections physically. As it turns out, Miranda also has cast a lustful eye on the sheep, but Alberto genuinely loves Fanny, and even imagines that the sheep is talking to him, though it still sounds like baa-ing to everyone else. Slipping past eccentricity into madness, Alberto decides no one can have Fanny but him -- not Miranda, and certainly not that ram grazing nearby -- and he hires a preacher to marry them after he divorces Natalie. Alberto discovers not everyone is accepting of his new "bride," and Alberto responds to those who cannot celebrate their love with violence and murder. Animalada was shown in competition at the 2001 Buenos Aires Independent Cinema Festival.

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Animalada follows that age-old tradition of love between a man and a sheep. On one evening, while rich Spanish socialites Alberto and his wife Natalie vacation at their ranch, Alberto happens upon a random sheep that he immediately falls in love with. It doesn't take long before Alberto is sneaking off as many times as he can throughout the day to engage in sexual activities with the sheep. His love for the sheep becomes so powerful that he has no qualms or fears with killing or sabotaging friends, family, and random strangers who comes close to his lover. Animalada definitely takes the bizarre and turns it to 11 thanks to an interesting script written by Sergio Bizzio, who also directed the film. It combines a strong and genuine story of romance, lust, and betrayal that is presented in such a way that the mass majority of movie-goers just cannot handle. The story also has a great mixture of bizarre and Oliver Stone-esque symbolism that continually hints at the darker and darker direction the film goes in. Definitely an amusing watch, both for the humor, taboo, and violent aspects. Despite the fictional situations throughout the film, there's also a nice showcase of Spanish culture...amidst all the sheep fucking, of course. Also, good performances from the entire cast, especially Carlos Roffe, who carries the film as the demented Alberto.I enjoyed this twisted little flick.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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