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A MUBI Release
2,116 Ratings


Riding on their tuned bikes, Mati and her boy gang intimidate the village and harass the girls. But alongside dealing with her parents’ troubled marriage, when Mati’s closest pal Sebastian falls in love with her yet she begins to feel attracted to her former enemy Carla, life becomes complicated.

Our take

Fans of Céline Sciamma will love this queer coming-of-age tale from Austrian filmmaker Katharina Mückstein. Grounded by strong performances amid whimsical flights of imagination (including a Magnolia-style musical interlude), L’animale warmly captures the precarity of youth and first love.