Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, 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 keep 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.
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 of working-class family life and brotherhood.
“A tiny, uncut gem of a movie (…) It’s a near perfect depiction of the emotional damage that can result from economic insecurity.” – The New York Times
- BBFC rating
- Running time
- 94 mins
- Jeremiah Zagar
- Sheila Vand, Raúl Castillo, Evan Rosado