Only the Animals

Date & Time

Friday, December 17 (View All Dates)
7:00 pm


City Cinema, 64 King St, Charlottetown

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14A, mature themes, coarse language.

Dir: Dominik Moll, France/Germany, 2021, 116 min.

Denis Ménochet, Laure Calamy, Damien Bonnard. In French with English subtitles.

Tokyo International Film Festival winner, Best Actress and Audience Awards

“Revealing a mystery out of sequence,  Dominik Moll skillfully holds the audience in his grip. Like a whodunit, the plot circles around five interconnected people. But the question of why is just as important as who… In rural France during a snowstorm, an abandoned car is found on the road, its owner Evelyne missing. With no clues, local cop Cedric speaks to the disturbed sheep farmer Joseph nearby. His health worker Alice is having an affair with him, unbeknownst to her monosyllabic husband Michel, who also vanishes. Meanwhile, waitress Marion isn’t telling the cops that she was in love with Evelyne… And in Africa, lovelorn Armand is working a catfishing scam that hooks Michel. Each of these five people is concealing something, and the nonlinear narrative unfolds in chapters that add details from their perspectives, often including shocking moments that twist the story further… The plot and characters are wonderfully textured, dense with quirks and themes… It’s a ripping thriller as well as a provocative exploration of how badly we all need to feel needed, and how easily this yearning can warp our sense of reality… As Armand’s shaman Papa Sanou says, ‘Love means giving what you don’t have.’ All of which adds depth and meaning to a fiendishly clever dramatic puzzle.”  Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall