John Maguire on Film

Director Sophie Hyde's 'Animals' is a disordered celebration of the enduring bonds of female friendship that feels like it’s trying too hard to capture a mood of hedonism

11th August, 2019
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Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger in Animals

Local Laura (Holliday Grainger) works in a call centre and dreams of becoming a novelist, having spent the best part of the last decade struggling to finish the first chapter of a book. American import Tyler (Alia Shawkat), the Withnail to Laura’s I, is a drug-loving party fiend, a sharp-tongued, self-absorbed attention-seeker floating through life without a care except where the next glass of wine or line of cocaine is coming from. Seemingly inseparable as...

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