In Greg Zglinski’s unsettling and complex film, Animals (Tiere), Anna and Nick’s couple is on the rocks because the latter has an affair with a neighbor. A strange accident, during a trip in the Switzerland Alps, in hopes to fix things, leads to a series of even stranger events and distortion of reality.

Animals plays like a nightmarish mystery thriller in chronicling a couple’s disintegration. It has a disconcerting complexity at times, with its multiple takes on the same ideas, time and place. It is a bit too complicated at times for its own good but with a sharp eye for editing and with lavish rendering. The complex and multi-layered story, including a laid-back black feline with homicidal plans, is playing on perception of reality. Marital drama takes an intoxicating treatment in what slowly becomes a surreal and engaging tale.

Festival screenings:

July 16 • 4:45 PM Salle J.A. De Sève
July 18 • 3:00 PM Salle J.A. De Sève