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 his own.
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Writers: Daniel Kitrosser, Jeremiah Zagar
Stars: Raúl Castillo, Josiah Gabriel, Terry Holland
Adapting Justin Torres’ autobiographical novel, Jerimiah Zagar crafts a haunting, singular coming-of-age story. Three rowdy but close brothers run wild through their working-class town in upstate New York, trying to survive their parents’ explosive relationship — by turns abusive and manically passionate — and stay afloat financially. All the while, Jonah, the youngest, attempts to wrap his head around his burgeoning queer identity. Dreamy and impressionistic, interspersed with fantastic bursts of animation, “We the Animals” plays like a gauzy, mesmerizing, half-remembered experience from childhood.
– The Seattle Times