The young woman, Marie, is an outsider in the small coastal community where she has grown up. The townspeople live in fear of her and not least her mother, who is wheelchair bound, suffering from a mysterious illness…
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A great little film that uses werewolf genre tropes to explore teenage angst and alienation, female sexuality, and a slew of other things. More or less a prettier, more straight-faced Danish remake of the Canadian indie horror Ginger Snaps.
A superior genre film, this first feature from director Arnby excels in its clever depiction of female sexuality and puberty within its lycanthropic tale. Atmospheric and unsettling with fine camera work from Niels Thastum and a great debut performance from Sonia Suhl. The Canadian film 'Ginger Snaps' may have got to this theme first but this film is a worthy addition to a perhaps burgeoning sub-genre.
Less a mystery of what monster Suhl's character will become, more about her symbolic reaction to this transformation: status rebellion and feminist liberation. With the themes of Ginger Snaps, yet slower, moodier, and zen-like akin to Let the Right One In, When Animals Dream could've benefitted from a longer run time for greater depth in some supporting characters, but both its atmosphere and Suhl are mesmerizing.
Haunting atmosphere, slow pacing and beautiful photography. When Animals Dream is a supernatural coming of age film in the same vein as Let the Right One in and Byzantium. Although not as polished as the previous films this meditation on lycanthropy and female sexuality is definitely worth checking out.
Really good horror drama with great atmoshpere and wonderful photography. The script offers a nice slant on the werewolf genre by focusing on the kitchen sink sensibilities rather than obvious horror tropes. Performances are believable yet understated and the lead actress is nothing short of excellent. However its a shame that the third reel is somewhat disappointing after such a good build up. Well worth a watch!
It really lacks any emotional rise, but its essentiality, 84 mins with like 7 of titles, could be a value in these days. Anyway I find interesting how they are developing some sort of folk tales instead than making real horror movies in north Europe.