Artsploitation Films, with sales and distribution support provided by Kino Lorber, has selected Oct. 22 as the domestic DVD debut date for Barcelona-based filmmaker Marçal Forés’ very strange — call it even surreal — Animals.
Imagine a teenager named Pol (Oriol Pla) strolling in the woods, speaking in his native Catalan to a teddy bear named Deerhoof. The bear strolls along too … speaking in English.
They talk about life and death and violence and love and sex and comic books. Weird? Perhaps, but Pol is a high school student who is just trying to fit in. His imaginary friend helps him with such issues as his sexual orientation (a new student has caught his eye) and a world that he can’t quite come to grips with.
Or is Deerhoof actually a real creature? He walks. He talks. And he’s a damn good little drummer too!
Of course the bridge Pol will have to be crossed (both literally and metaphorically). He will soon enough have to leave his teenage fantasy world behind and become an “adult.” It is the nature of things! But what of Deerhoof … will he be sacrificed to fulfill the order of things? Or will others?
Animals is presented in Catalan and English (with English subtitles).
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