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We the Animals (2018)

R | | Drama | 17 August 2018 (USA)
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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.

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Jeremiah Zagar

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Daniel Kitrosser, Justin Torres (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sheila Vand ... Ma
Raúl Castillo ... Paps
Evan Rosado ... Jonah
Josiah Gabriel ... Joel
Isaiah Kristian ... Manny
Terry Holland Terry Holland ... Televangelist
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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.

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Based on the Acclaimed Novel

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Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some underage drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We the Animals See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,357, 19 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$400,961, 18 October 2018
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Cinereach, Public Record See more »
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The movie takes place in the 1980s. But when the boys shoplift at the convenience store, the Visa logo displayed at the store entrance is the one which first went into use in the 2000s. See more »

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Realism & Magical Realism combine. Superb.
21 November 2018 | by Smallclone100See all my reviews

It's pretty incredible that this is Director Jeremiah Zagar's first feature, which he also co wrote. The movie is based on a novel and focuses on Jonah the youngest of three brothers growing up in a volatile family environment. We follow Jonah's escapism into magical realism as he tries to forget the harshness of his surroundings. The dialogue and acting from all is brilliant, especially from the three young boys.

Cinematographer Zak Mulligan shot most of it on film and cites Ken Loach and the documentary 'Street Wise' as big influences on the movie. The grainy effect of film captures the nostalgic feel of the narrative and helps the viewer get into the 1980s vibe.

Most of the themes centre around your general coming of age type tropes (Peer pressure, belonging, family dynamics etc) but the real strength of the film is putting the viewer into the headspace of Jonah. Making us live those slices of time and fantasies that he does. There is one scene in particular where the camera swings round to complete a reveal that practically left my jaw on the floor it is done so well.

Fans of films like 'Moonlight', 'The Florida Project', 'Mud, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and of Directors like Andrea Arnold might enjoy this one.

Jonah's a young boy, a bit different from his brothers, trying to make sense of the world.

Great film.


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