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We the Animals (2018)

R | | Drama | 17 August 2018 (USA)
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Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own.

Director:

Jeremiah Zagar

Writers:

Daniel Kitrosser, Justin Torres (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evan Rosado ... Jonah
Raúl Castillo ... Paps
Sheila Vand ... Ma
Isaiah Kristian ... Manny
Josiah Gabriel ... Joel
Giovanni Pacciarelli Giovanni Pacciarelli ... Dustin
Moe Isaac Moe Isaac ... Dustin's Grandpa
Michael Pemberton ... Foreman
Amelia Campbell ... Woman in Van
Mickey Anthony Mickey Anthony ... Clerk
Tom Malley Tom Malley ... Old Man
Terry Holland Terry Holland ... Televangelist (voice)
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Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own.

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Based on the Acclaimed Novel

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some underage drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We the Animals See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,357, 19 August 2018

Gross USA:

$400,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$434,743
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinereach, Public Record See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The movie takes place in the 1980s. But when the boys shoplift at the convenience store, the Visa logo displayed at the store entrance is the one which first went into use in the 2000s. See more »

Quotes

Manny: What if he's getting a heart attack?
Ma: What heart?
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Connections

Referenced in On a Magical Night (2019) See more »

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Small details add up to a powerful tale
2 September 2018 | by gortxSee all my reviews

WE THE ANIMALS lulls you into thinking it's a mere memory piece. Much of the film is made up of short scenes that are more snatches in time, than anything resembling a tight narrative. Jeremiah Zagar's debut film follows three young Hispanic boys as they grow up in the 80s in upper state New York - Manny, Joel and Jonah (Evan Rosado; who also narrates). Their parents Ma (Sheila Vand) and Paps (Raul Castillo) struggle not only with making ends meet, but, also in their volatile relationship. Although the family has moved from NYC to the more bucolic rural suburbs, their move isn't necessarily a happy one.

While the film may seem formless at times, the vibrantly shot and directed segments (lots of hand-held; grainy earthy 16mm film stock), accumulate over the course of the movie. A flashback might just seem like a fuzzy thought when it passes by earlier in the film, but, pays off later. Zagar's stylistic touches don't always work. Jonah's drawings in a sketch book get animated at certain points in the film, but, never really feel all too well integrated. What does emerge is a larger picture of a family battling both within and without. Paps' macho Latino father dominates not only the mother, but, also causes frissons within the trio of brothers.

WE THE ANIMALS can be taken as simply a flashback reminiscence (it's based on a memoir by Justin Torres), but, once you let it roll over in your mind, a more complete 'story' takes hold. And, it it's a powerful one. Zagar's film is a refreshing, if at times, painful feature.


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