The Animal Kingdom

2023 [FRENCH]

Action / Adventure / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82% · 55 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 6706 6.7K

Director

Top cast

Adèle Exarchopoulos as Julia Izquierdo
Romain Duris as François Marindaze
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1.14 GB
1280*534
French 2.0
NR
24 fps
2 hr 7 min
Seeds 100+
2.35 GB
1920*800
French 5.1
NR
24 fps
2 hr 7 min
Seeds 98
5.7 GB
3832*1604
French 5.1
NR
24 fps
2 hr 7 min
Seeds 96

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Bored_Dragon 7 / 10

Too weak for such a powerful premise

An unusual phenomenon is spreading in the world. Humans randomly start mutating into animals. The cause of this process is unknown, and the treatments do not give results. The film focuses on a high school student who lives with his father, while his mother is in the process of mutation in a specialized institution.

"The Animal Kingdom" is a coming-of-age drama with elements of fantasy and horror and some humor. It can be interpreted in various ways, literally and metaphorically, but I don't want to get into that multitude of interpretations, let everyone judge for themselves. I will present only my impressions, positive and negative.

The film is visually beautiful. Cinematography, make-up, and effects are superb, and for much less money than in Hollywood. The creatures, for lack of a better term, are striking and endearing. Romain Duris is good in the role of the father, and Paul Kircher in the role of the son gave an Oscar-worthy performance. I like the messages that the film sends, and the main asset is certainly the originality of the premise and the approach to it.

However, in my opinion, the script is too weak for such an original and interesting idea. The story is insufficiently developed, especially for a film of over two hours. You will not find out how and why these mutations occur and on what scale. If humans devolved into lower primates, the film would fall into the realm of sci-fi, but as they randomly mutate into literally anything and everything, not just mammals, but insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, I'd rather classify it as fairy tale fantasy, which conflicts with the very realistic tone of the film. I get the impression that "The Animal Kingdom" got dissolved in trying to cover too many themes and send too many messages across too many genres, and as a result, it felt sketchy and tepid. The authors bit off more than they could swallow and failed to fulfill the big potential of the project they embarked on.

Overall, a technically good but essentially disappointing film. Still, it's worth watching, if for no other reason than for the contrast to the garbage America is showering us with, the original ideas and performance of Paul Kircher.

7/10.

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Reviewed by Irena_Spa 8 / 10

The importance of family strength

It has an interesting plot, given for thinking. In some way we can compare it with some movies where the population is divided by species, as humans and witches, or humans and werewolves and vampires, but here we have humans and half human/half animal species, in some way as from the story Swamp thing. It is happening in France and in plot the state forces and the army make some huge concrete fences to cage those halp human creatures, while doctors pursue a cure, which reminds of the concept of concentration camps. The concept of this movie is to show how important in the familiy is love, and the family itself.

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