Published on 28DLA Director: Jonas Alexander Arnby. Writers: Rasmus Birch, Christoffer Boe, Jonas Alexander Arnby. Cast: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonya Richter.
When Animals Dream is the first feature-length film from Danish director, Jonas Alexander Arnby. This artsy body horror/drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, receiving well-deserved critical acclaim. In the film, sixteen-year-old Marie struggles to form an identity in a small coastal town. To make matters worse, she discovers that she's not like other females, or other humans. Although female coming of age stories are fairly common in horror movies (2000's Ginger Snaps being one of the better ones), there is something unique about this picture. Something subtle. Without copious amounts of violence and gore, this picture slowly tightens its grip, pulling the viewer in. This is not a start to finish action-packed edge of your seat film, but the setting and characters help create a cinematic experience that will prove rewarding if you persevere through the slow burn of the first half.