Mati and her gang of friends spend their days riding around on their souped-up bikes, scaring the local people and terrorising the girls… In their village, they rule. But when one of her best friends, Sebastian, falls in love with her, and her victim, sweet Carla, becomes her close friend, Mati is in danger of losing her standing in the community and her place in the world.
Katharina Mueckstein (director of Talea) masterfully serves up a wonderful, high-voltage coming-of-age story about young people growing up in a hostile environment. Her work is clearly influenced by films like Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood, in which femininity and masculinity are key elements in conflict, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, in which the female characters are suddenly brought down. L’Animale is a sincere and truthful film about the contradictory forces that guide our lives: desire, passion, reason…
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