Montag, 25. August 2014


 Title: When Animals Dream (orig.: Når dyrene drømmer)
Running Time: 84 min
Director: Jonas Alexander Arnby 
Starring: Sonja Oftebro, Lars Mikkelsen, Jakob Oftebro

After great comedies like "Adam's Apples" or "The Green Butcher", and gritty thrillers like "Headhunters" or the "Millennium Trilogy", one really shouldn't underestimate Skandinavian film making. So when the name of a Danish production company popped up at the beginning of last weeks sneak preview, I didn't mind at all, and curiously watched as the plot of  "When Animals Dream" unfolded.
It evolves around 16-year old Marie, who lives on a small island with her father and mother, the latter of which appears to be seriously ill. Thus, she has to take care of her, without being fully grown up herself, but that's not all. Something mysterious is going on with her, and she discovers the darker sides of her personality.
What might as well be the premiss of another bromidic adaptation of a young adult novel, is really more of a drama with a fantasy/horror element. It is a movie thats certainly not for everyone. With its very slow narrative tempo and more silent moments than actual dialogue, it takes some patience and will probably bore you if you're not into that kind of stuff. If however you are looking for different type of film, with the typical dreary northern atmosphere, then this movie might be worth your attention. It's an interesting take on the topic (which i try not to spoil here) and if you want to stay surprised, I do not recommend watching the trailer as it firstly gives away a lot and secondly is missleading in terms of the amount of action presented in this movie.
So all in all, this isn't a film you will invite your friends over for, but rather something to check out out of personal interest. 

For Fans Of: 
Black Swan (2010)
Let Me In (2010)
Penny Dreadful (2014 - TV Series)

And check out my friend's review over at B.A.'s Screentest for a second opinion! (Spoiler Alert)

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