Zoology (Zoologiya)

2016

Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016)

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Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. As she struggles for independence, she has to endure the absurd reality of her life filled with gossip spread by the women around her. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day... she grows a tail. Embarrassed at first, Natasha decides to go further with the transformation and use it as an opportunity to redefine herself as a person and as a woman. With the new "accessory" she gets access to the life that she has never experienced before - she starts a relationship with a man, who finds her attractive, she goes out and allows herself to be foolish for the first time in her life. But her second puberty eventually comes to an end and Natasha has to make a choice between reality and illusion

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

If 'Teeth' and 'Raw' got your tail wagging, you'll lap this up.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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While I would only recommend it to art-house enthusiasts due to its slow pace, it is refreshing to see a film that deals with body image from an older woman's point of view.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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[A] combination of fairy-tale wonderment and stark realism propels this enthralling film, which showcases serious acting talent in its lead spot with relative newcomer Natalya Pavlenkova.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

The film's magical realism is a dark satire of Russian contemporary life, sexuality, morality, health service and society, with an outstanding performance from Natalia Pavlenkova.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Marbled with melancholy, this is an intelligent meditation on gender, age and body image.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Pavlenkova's] acting is Zoology's sole redeeming point, which makes it all the more distasteful that all the plot developments, and the tentative love story in particular, are put in the service of the final twist.

Nov 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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