A drunken romp through the streets of Dublin, Sophie Hyde’s (52 Tuesdays) Animals is a delightful new film about the blissful and belligerent messiness of co-dependent relationships. Here it’s between friends Laura (Holliday Grainger) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat), two women hovering around the big 3-0, who work as baristas in the day and spend their nights doing, well, whatever the hell they want, thank you very much. Their shared appetite for booze and clubs and kicks begins to fracture when Laura falls for a strait-laced pianist, placing free-spirited Tyler firmly on the exterior. Can their superglue-like bond survive in the face of maturation, positive growth and waning hedonism?
Why You Should See This Film
A smart take on the complexities of contemporary feminism, friendship, and personal evolution, Animals is lived-in, lively and utterly authentic. Aided by a perfectly pitched script from novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, it’s a bittersweet exploration of the morning after that follows a decade of mutual hangovers, but mercifully without judgement.
- Year: 2019
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Sophie Hyde
- Cast: Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee
- Duration: 109 minutes
- Language: English