A fresh and spiky comedy drama about female friendship, from Emma Jane Unsworth’s hit novel.
Laura and Tyler are soulmates. Thirty-something best friends and revellers living in Dublin, they are ingrained in the fabric of each other’s lives: dating, partying, drinking and living their life without limitations.
American ex-pat Tyler – a siren of drugs, alcohol and debauchery – lures aspiring writer Laura away from her long overdue novel, as well as her new beau, the irresistibly handsome Jim. A tee-total classical pianist, Jim is the antithesis of Tyler and the world she and Laura inhabit, and with his presence the girls’ hedonistic double act finds itself in jeopardy.
While Tyler wants to keep the party going, Laura, buoyed by Jim’s restraint and stability, starts to emerge from her years of partying, searching for her place in the world. Caught between desires – youth and adulthood, her old self and her future self – Laura impulsively gets engaged to Jim, knocking Tyler for a loop. Bereft at the thought of losing of her partner in crime, Tyler spies a chance to rock the boat of the “perfect” life Laura can see on the horizon, but in doing so inadvertently helps Laura find a new and unexpected path to independence.
At once both a celebration of female friendship and an examination the choices we make when facing a crossroad, Animals is an honest, funny, edgy, unconventional and bittersweet snapshot of modern women.
“Hyde has forged a wonderful, utterly lived-in film about two women at a crossroads, one that attendees should be breathlessly, excitedly discussing around town, urging everyone else to see immediately” The Guardian
“delightfully defiant celebration of women’s imperfections...an utterly electric tale of female friendship“ Empire