We The Animals



Somerville Theatre - Screen 4 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 3:15 PM
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Genre:Narrative Feature
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
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Director:Jeremiah Zagar
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Us three, brothers, kings inseparable.

Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their Ma (Sheila Vand, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT) and Paps (Raúl Castillo, Atypical) have a volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over, leaving the boys fending for themselves. As their parents rip at one another, Manny and Joel ultimately harden and grow into versions of their father. With the triumvirate fractured, Jonah—the youngest, the dreamer—becomes increasingly aware of his desperate need to escape. Driven to the edge, Jonah embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, WE THE ANIMALS is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by strikingly layered performances by its astounding cast, elements of magical realism, and unbelievable animated sequences. Known for documentaries, director Zagar reinvents his career by transforming a landscape of childhood alienation into a fever dream careening toward the future.

—Sundance Film Festival guide

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