We the Animals

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Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.



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Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents' volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

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This movie is so gorgeous, it even makes drone footage look ethereal rather than pedestrian.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The conclusion is certain enough to be practically foregone, and if what leads up to it is aggressively arty, it's also artful and frank, a rare combination.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Zagar builds a world that is simultaneously deeply authentic and dreamlike - the perfect combination to express a child's deeply felt but inherently distorted view of the universe he inhabits.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

One of the best of the year so far.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The movie is all nuance and it continually wafts away into artiness.

Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

[A] stunning, semi-impressionistic film...

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…
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