We the Animals

We the Animals

DVD - 2018
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Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own.
Publisher: Warren, NJ : Passion River, ©2018.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm


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Jul 12, 2019

2018 American independent film based on Justin Torres's impressionistic novel about three Hispanic brothers and their tumultuous, intense childhood with their parents, who have an often fraught relationship. The film owes a great deal to Terrence Malick, especially "Tree of Life," as well as David Gordon Green's debut "George Washington" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild." It has some striking visuals and good performances, but its influences overwhelm it.

Feb 04, 2019

I also could not understand most of what was said, or mumbled! It looked like it was a good movie, but I finally gave up in frustration!

Jan 12, 2019

Might have been a good movie, but could understand only about 1/3 of what was being mumbled. Made it only about 1/2- way in.

Nov 01, 2018

A beautiful art-house evocation of one boy’s troubled childhood whose bittersweet chapters revolve around a delicate core of warmth and humanity. Although its lyrical, sometimes brutal dreamscapes have drawn favourable comparisons to Terrence Malick (I would add Terrence Davies and even Ingmar Bergman), Jeremiah Zagar anchors his debut feature film, based on Justin Torres’ novel, with enough grit and downtrodden realism to make its voice uniquely his own. Long languorous takes drift in and out of focus underscored by anger and hopelessness yet pierced throughout by moments of rough tenderness—mom and dad dance the meringue in between bouts of abuse, dad cradles Jonah in his arms, and the three brothers concoct juvenile rituals which erupt in laughter even as they bond them closer. And biblical references abound with violence and poverty likened to a plague of locusts and a backyard trench resembling an open grave setting the stage for a childlike resurrection. However, unlike his Old Testament namesake, Jonah resists being swallowed by his surroundings, his courage bringing the film to a satisfying, if ultimately uncertain, conclusion born equally of ambition and desperation.

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