Animals

Animals

Sophie Hyde (2019)

109min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In Aussie director Sophie Hyde's belated second film after 2013 debut 52 Tuesdays, Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat are terrific as the hard-partying rebels without a pause, whose 20-something years seem to have been spent carousing in the streets of Dublin. Grainger's Laura is an aspiring author perpetually on the verge of writing a novel, if only brash American bestie Tyler (Shawkat) wasn't living for the moment and enticing her into a diet of drink, drugs and casual sex. So far, so hedonistic, until Laura falls for a young pianist (Fra Fee) and domestic respectability beckons, much to Tyler's horror. Irreverent, funny and refreshingly unsentimental, Hyde's sophomore drama gives Withnail & I a bawdy run for its money thanks to a nuanced script (from source novelist Emma Jane Unsworth) and believable lead performances that put flawed but fascinating women up front and centre.

Cast & Crew

Laura Holliday Grainger
Tyler Alia Shawkat
Jim Fra Fee
Marty Dermot Murphy
Jean Amy Molloy
Bill Pat Shortt
Maureen Olwen Fouéré
Julian Kwaku Fortune
Director Sophie Hyde
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PicturehouseGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Aug 2019