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7.6
/10
2,278 Ratings

Animal Kingdom

Directed by David Michôd
Australia, 2010
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

Joshua “J” is taken in by his extended family after his mother dies of an overdose. The clan, ruled by J’s scheming grandmother, is heavily involved in criminal activities, and J is soon indoctrinated into their way of life. But J is given a chance to take another path when a cop seeks to help him.

Our take

Inspired by true events and featuring a who’s who of Australian acting talent—Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce and a scene-stealing, Academy Award-nominated Jacki Weaver—David Michôd struck gold with this, his feature film debut. A compelling crime drama, sitting with the best of its genre.

Animal Kingdom Directed by David Michôd

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2011 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Sundance Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: World Cinema - Dramatic (Grand Jury Prize)

Village Voice Film Poll

2010 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

2010 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

2010 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Critics reviews

A distinctive, ominous and hypnotic work of cinema.
August 14, 2010
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The film mixes documentary-style realism with fictional techniques to create a gripping story with an operatic sense of danger and dread.
August 07, 2010
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