Tiere (Animals)

Two writers see reality starting to slide after an accident, in a funny, surreal and bizarre drama, somewhere between Luis Buñuel and Quentin Dupieux.

Screenings

Director: Greg Zglinski

Switzerland, Austria, Poland | 2017

95 minutes

IMDB

With | Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri

Language | German

Subtitles | Dutch

Tiere (Animals)

Writers Anna and Nick are on their way to their new home in Switzerland. After their car accidently hits a sheep, strange things start to happen: they appear in other people’s imagination and experience time and space differently. After the suicide of their neighbour, her apartment is taken by someone who looks exactly like her. Funny, surreal and bizarre drama, somewhere between Luis Buñuel and Quentin Dupieux.

Polish born, Swiss raised director Greg Zglinski has created a Chinese box of a film that leaves the viewer more and more baffled and confused as it progresses. While every scene is coherent in itself, the way the story as a whole hangs together is all up to the viewer’s imagination. But although not sticking to the laws of logic, Animals never becomes obscure or inaccessible. The absurdist humour is often outright funny and the surrealism is always light. Shot with impressive attention to detail and colour, and played to deadpan perfection, this is a bizarre drama, somewhere between Luis Buñuel and Quentin Dupieux.

Take note: this movie is neither spoken nor subtitled in English.

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