WHEN AN­I­MALS DREAM

A com­ing- of- rage story

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 16 May 2014 | 15 | DVD

Di­rec­tor Jonas Alexander Arnby Cast So­nia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Jakob Ofte­bro

Weirdly, some peo­ple are still vis­cer­ally dis­gusted by fe­male body hair. But not the mak­ers of this Dan­ish drama, who see no shame in bin­ning the Ladyshave..

New­comer So­nia Suhl plays Marie, a teenage fish- gut­ter who’s alarmed to dis­cover that she’s de­vel­op­ing the same mys­te­ri­ous syn­drome that af­fects her mute mother. Symp­toms in­clude the growth of thick back hair and a ten­dency to vi­o­lent out­bursts... Put two and two to­gether yet?

This is no stan­dard were­wolf film. The word is never spo­ken, the Moon ap­pears to have no in­flu­ence, and even in the fi­nal stages of her trans­for­ma­tion Marie just looks like she’s over­done the hor­mone tablets. Nei­ther is it in­ter­ested in gore – the cam­era gen­er­ally shies away when­ever the throat- rip­ping com­mences.

In­stead, this is an un­der­stated, close- mouthed med­i­ta­tion on what hap­pens when a young woman chooses to push back against the so­cial pres­sures bear­ing down on her, told in a so­cial- re­al­ist style, with many mo­ments of con­tem­pla­tive still­ness. Bul­lied by her co­work­ers ( who at one point stage a fishy mock rape), Marie re­fuses to be ashamed of her dif­fer­ence ( or, in­deed, of her de­sires) and even­tu­ally – like a hairy Ms 45 – wreaks a bloody re­venge. Though it lacks the more mem­o­rable char­ac­ters of Let The Right One In, it shares a sim­i­lar am­bi­ence, so it may well ap­peal to fans of that film – and of fe­male em­pow­er­ment.

Ex­tras Just a trailer. Ian Ber­ri­man

This is no stan­dard were­wolf film

The di­rec­tor “tested” his lead by get­ting her to scream, naked, cov­ered in fake blood. She ended up hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing.

But the night be­fore had been bril­liant.

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