Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over.
While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father (Raúl Castillo), Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly 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 layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life.
Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working-class family life and brotherhood.
Starring Sheila Vand, Raúl Castillo, Evan Rosado
Awards and Reviews
Winner, NEXT Innovator Award – Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Critics Prize – Americana Film Festival
Nominee, Best Supporting Male, Best First Feature, Best Cinematography – Film Independent Spirit Awards
“For his first narrative feature, the documentarian Zagar displays a thrillingly sensitive eye for the curiosity and caution that exists in every young child’s heart, and how it is so simple for the world to crush that.” – Globe and Mail
“On one level… “We the Animals” is a classic coming-of-age tale; on another, it’s a near perfect depiction of the emotional damage that can result from economic insecurity.” – New York Times
Jeremiah Zagar | 2018 | USA | Cert 15 | 93 mins
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