Based on the celebrated novel by Justin Torres, We the Animals celebrates the complicated identity of three bi-racial brothers growing up in upstate New York the 1980s.
Clumsy like puppies and giggly like hyenas, the boys shine at the center of Jeremiah Zagar’s stunning, semi-impressionistic film. Drawing from his documentary background, Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working class family life as the kids tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love. While Manny (Isaiah Kristian) and Joel (Josiah Gabriel) grow into versions of their father (Raul Castillo), Ma (Sheila Vand) seeks to shelter her youngest in the cocoon of home. More sensitive than his older siblings, Jonah (Evan Rosado) increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. “Lyrical and poetic, … this fearless and uncompromising movie is one of the best of the year so far.” – G. Allen Johnson, SF Chronicle
(USA / 2018 / Directed by Jeremiah Zagar)
R / 1 hr 34 mins.