• We the Animals (2018)

We the Animals

Release Date: August 17th, 2018

DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2018

R |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood. Their mother and father have a volatile relationship that makes and unmakes the family many times over, often leaving the boys fending for themselves. As their parents rip at one another, Manny and Joel harden and grow into versions of their father. With the triumvirate fractured, Jonah, who is the youngest, becomes increasingly aware of his desperate need to escape. Driven to the edge, Jonah embraces an imagined world all his own.

Cast: Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, Josiah Gabriel

Director: Jeremiah Zagar

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Cinereach, Public Record

Keywords: Mother, Love, Brash, Growing up, Endearing, Emotional, Escape, Father, Brother, 1980s, Friend, Moving, House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Every once in a while a movie grabs you, unsuspecting, and hustles its way into your heart. Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals does that. This exquisite debut feature, based on a poetic debut novel by Justin Torres, is a tumbling evocation of a volatile family, narrated by one of three young brothers living in upstate New York with their Puerto Rican father and white mother. show more

  • 90
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    In his first narrative feature, documentary maker Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart) captures the feel of the novel with uncanny precision, notably in the visceral charge and physical heat of tightly wound bodies almost constantly moving in close proximity. show more

  • 70

    The fact that Jonah is so young means the writers’ hands are partially tied when it comes time to land that final gut-punch, and the effect is to leave the film feeling somewhat unfinished. But maybe that’s part of the point — to depict a young life in which, for better or for worse, it’s unclear what comes next. show more

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