“We the Animals” is a spirited, sobering portrait of the artist as a young man using any means at his disposal — words, images, sensations — to process a confusing and contradictory world.

— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

We The Animals

Film • Feb 19

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Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner-world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait ofworking-classs family life and brotherhood.

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar.

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2018. USA. 94 minutes. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some underage drug and alcohol use.