Once opened with the Gaspar Noé shockers “Menschenfeind” and “Irreversibel”, the “DashFUN Kontrovers” series was expanded after the turn of the millennium with numerous hard-to-digest shockers that lived up to the title of the series – such as Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial “Die 120 Days of Sodom” or the surreal fever dream “Santa Sangre” by master director Alejandro Jodorowsky. With the introduction of the Blu-ray, the uniformly designed collection series was then continued in a new look: in the media book.
After highlights such as the family drama thriller “We Need To Talk About Kevin” that gets under your skin or Michael Haneke’s no less disturbing “Funny Games”, it has now been almost three years since the last “DashFUN Kontrovers” film “Wir – The summer when we lifted our skirts and the world crashed into the wall” passed. But now supplies are finally coming: With “Animals – Like wild animals” a film in the “DashFUN Kontrovers” series will finally be released today!
» “Animals – Like wild animals” at Amazon: DVD* / Blu ray*
As is now customary, the latest addition to the series will be released both on DVD and on Blu-ray in the media book. And as always: The quantities are limited. While some “DashFUN Kontrovers” films are still available years later, others are difficult and expensive to get.
Even for some old DVDs, such as “Menschenfeind” for example, horrendous prices are being asked for in some cases. So if you collect the series, you simply have a soft spot for stories that go through marrow and leg, or you’ve been wanting to watch “Animals” for some time anyway, the home cinema premiere of the celebrated festival hit from Belgium is definitely worth it.
“Animals” tells the story of 30-year-old Brahim (Soufiane Chilah), who regularly causes a stir in his family. Because Brahim is Muslim and gay – and thus breaks with the conservative traditions of his relatives. Even his mother’s big birthday party ends in a confrontation, prompting Brahim to take refuge in the unbridled nightlife. Here, in the company of other gays as well as young, modern and open people, he feels comfortable.
However, when he witnesses an argument he is trying to resolve, the night takes a cruel turn. Brahim makes what might be the biggest mistake of his life, getting into a car with a group of strangers and ending up being the victim of ridicule and humiliation. What begins with verbal abuse quickly leads to physical violence – and even that is only the beginning of a terrible ordeal. And when the car stops on the outskirts of town, the tormentors lose even the last spark of humanity…
“Animals – How wild animals” has received little attention in German cinemas – but for us it is one of the best films of the year to date. Director Nabil Ben Yadir (“The Barons”) expresses his anger, puts a face on victims of senseless violence and shows toxic masculinity at its worst.
Our critic Thorsten Hanisch gives it 4.5 out of 5 possible stars and summarizes in his conclusion what can be understood as a recommendation and warning at the same time: Because “Animals” is “not easy to endure, but a brilliantly staged, visceral, immensely impressive film with a clear attitude.”
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.
*The links to the Amazon offer are so-called affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, we will receive a commission.