Tiere [Animals] (2017)

Director: Greg Zglinski
Writer: Jörg Kalt, Greg Zglinski
Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri, Mehdi Nebbou, Michael Ostrowski
Seen on: 1.12.2017

Anna (Birgit Minichmayr) and Nick (Philipp Hochmair) are on their way to a cabin in the alps for a bit of time removed from the bustle of the city. They both want to write – Anna a new novel, her first for adults and Nick a cookbook. They hire a housesitter, Mischa (Mona Petri) and drive off after Nick takes his leave from the woman he sleeps with, Andrea (Mona Petri). But on their way to the cabin, they hit a sheep and things become stranger and stranger.

Tiere is an interesting film that plays nicely with reality in its entangled narrative, creating an out of this world feeling that is enjoyable and confounding.

It doesn’t take long for strangeness to creep into the film, so it seems pretty obvious that there is something under the surface here. Something that will have you reconsidering things in a different light over the course of the narrative. It took a bit longer for me to realize that the light itself, to stay with the metaphor, is flickering and changing all the time, offering different images instead of just different perspectives. That means that the film doesn’t provide you with any clear resolution. Instead it uses the weird to examine the everyday of relationships – and that rather effectively.

While the film does fuck with your mind a little, that doesn’t mean that it loses all sense of logic, narratological or otherwise. So it’s still pretty easy to follow the development, even when it’s not always clear exactly what’s real. Zglinski takes his time to build the tension in the narrative which works in the narrative’s favor, too.

Minchmayr and Hochmair give extremely strong performances, as does the rest of the cast. Since the film focuses on Nick and Anna, though, the rest of the cast doesn’t stand out quite as much.

The entire thing is rounded off with lush cinematography that is appropriately atmospheric and dreamlike to produce the feeling of remoteness or rather removedness that the entire film exudes. A feeling that is a quite gripping experience.

Summarizing: Very interesting.

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