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|Original title:||Nár dyrene drommer|
|Genre:||Mystery, Drama, Horror|
|Direction:||Jonas Alexander Arnby|
|Production country:||Dänemark 2014|
|Running time:||Approx. 85 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Marie (Sonia Suhl) is a very introverted young woman who lives with her father (Lars Mikkelsen) and her sick mother (Sonia Richter) in a small fishing village on the Danish north coast. When she starts a job at the local fish factory, it is very difficult for her to open up to her new colleagues. Only to the charming Daniel (Jakob Ofterbo) she feels quickly attracted. But Marie has no time for romantic feelings. Because she realizes that her body is starting to change strangely. Neither her father nor the family doctor want to tell her what's wrong with her. Marie doesn't let up and uncovers her family's secret, which has been hushed up to death and provides her with terrifying answers. And soon it becomes clear that Marie must not only be protected from the anxious villagers, but especially from herself. But when it comes to the first mysterious deaths, it seems to be too late for that…
Wherever you look, everywhere it seems to be teeming with vampires and werewolves. Whether in books, TV series, musicals or the cinema, mystical beings are currently booming. While many works either choose a romantic level in order to tell their stories or prefer to stick closely to the traditional guidelines, there are also stories that try to approach myths known far off the beaten track. One of the best examples of this might be the Swedish vampire movie "So dark the night" based on the great novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which not only could thrill with a very original, but also extremely sensitive and atmospherically told story.
The Danish filmmaker Jonas Alexander Arnby with his unusual werewolf story "When Animals Dream" tries to beat into a very similar notch. He also isn't about striking effects and the actual horror aspect, but about poetic symbolism and an oppressively beautiful atmosphere, which is intensified by the slowness of the staging. As a spectator, you first have to be able to get involved with this. Those who don't succeed will not only find the narrative tempo extremely boring, but at the end will also ask themselves what the whole thing is all about. But if you're willing to get involved with Arnby's somewhat unwieldy style and read between the lines, you'll get a quite fascinating genre film.
Besides the atmospheric pictures, it's the actors who make "When Animals Dream" worth seeing. The slightly disturbed, intensive playing of newcomer Sonia Suhl is especially to be emphasized. Suhl turns Marie into a mystical figure in the truest sense of the word, radiating a certain vulnerability as well as an uncanny animal hardness. Her play blends perfectly with the images filled with melancholy and beauty, which makes the film radiate a very special fascination. This won't be accessible to everyone, but open-minded genre fans will definitely enjoy this Danish mystery thriller. And therefore there is a convinced one despite some small lengths: Worth seeing!
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