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We the Animals Rated 15

We the Animals

Dir. Jeremiah Zagar. USA, 2018. 1h 34m. Starring Sheila Vand, Raúl Castillo, Evan Rosado, Josiah Gabriel, Isaiah Kristian, Terry Holland.

From Justin Torres’ celebrated novel comes a visceral coming-of-age story of three brothers tearing through their rural New York hometown, amid their young parents’ volatile marriage. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

Propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – We The Animals features stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life.

‘There is a diaphanous beauty to this striking US indie; an impressionistic, free-spirited, skittish quality that belies the weight of the themes that it explores.’ ★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer

‘A gay coming-of-age drama set in a poor household and presented in a humid, impressionistic style’ ★★★★ Edward Porter, The Sunday Times