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163 Ratings

We the Animals

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar
United States, 2018


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, the youngest, embraces an imagined world all his own.

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We the Animals Directed by Jeremiah Zagar

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2018 | Winner: NEXT Innovator Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 4 nominations including: Best First Feature

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top 10 Independent Films

Zagar uses a mixture of documentary reality and high-flung poetry in his approach, giving us a visceral sense of being there, in that house with those people.
August 17, 2018
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The cinematographer Zak Mulligan emphasizes the movie’s 90s setting by choosing mostly 16-millimeter film. This gives its rough-rural exteriors and rundown interiors a dreamy, nostalgic glaze speckled with lambent light, like the fingerprints of memory. The result is a movie that’s more effective visually than narratively, its threads woven so loosely that at times they almost disappear.
August 16, 2018
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Zagar has smartly decided to tell this very subjective story of childhood with an expressionist visual style that favors saturated colors, and he often leans on an unusually suggestive and potent sound design that sometimes leads us seamlessly from one memory to the next.
August 16, 2018
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