ONLY THE ANIMALS
SELECTED: VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD, TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL 2019
A highly memorable opening scene, introduces us turn by turn to five characters each confessing a secret, then coolly brushing it away.
In a rural plateau in southern France caught in the grip of a snowy winter, Alice (Laura Calamy), a farmer’s wife sells insurance to – and is having an affair with – Joseph (Damien Bonnard, Les Misérables). Meanwhile, prominent Parisian Evelyne (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) has gone missing on the plateau, with only her abandoned car offering any clue. Does Alice’s grumpy husband Michel (Denis Ménochet, Inglorious Bastards) know anything about it?
With exceptional performances that take you across continents, Dominik Moll’s constantly engaging film is a cleverly structured, non-linear thriller, that will keep your synapses firing.