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Animals' drug-fueled storyline is undeniably grim, but its sensitive approach to its difficult themes -- and its talented cast -- make watching it well worth the discomfort.
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Director Collin Schiffli keeps a tight focus on character, as the couple's plight becomes increasingly dire.
"Animals" is a stark, brilliant, uncompromising, beautifully acted piece of work.
The couple's doomed romance feels familiar from numerous other films about addiction, and the movie is downright bad whenever it aspires to visual poetry.
This is not a "slippery slope" movie, like other stories about addicts. In "Animals," they are already at the bottom of the slope.
It's gritty and grim, but "Animals" is also a gripping portrait of young junkies in love.
The trajectory of "Animals" is obvious in the opening minutes of this numbing if well-acted junkie drama.
It hits enough unexpected notes, both of damnation and redemption, that it stands above most of its contemporaries in the subgenre.
Homeless con artists ply their trade in petty crime survival saga.
What separates Animals from its twitchier brethren is a keen sense of place.
Has confidence and authenticity to spare.
This kind of movie can boost the fortunes of little-known actors, and it should do that for Dastmalchian and Shaw.
There's no shortage of indie pictures that burrow into the cold realities of drug dependency. But "Animals," like the best of these films, moves beyond mere cautionary tale.
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