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About the Movie
After an unusual and inspiring dream, a frustrated theatre director attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones with a project that involves becoming furry animals in the real world.
A truly wonderful film from Ingrid Veninger
The Animal Project is a wonderful gem. The relationships in the film are brought to life with such love and care. I felt extremely moved by the father/son relationship especially when Leo hugs Sam while in the animal costume. It was such an understated but emotional moment. There are many instances of that within the film and it does not pander or over manipulate your emotions as it just shows the characters and situations in a very naturalistic way.
I also liked how it felt like a portrait of these people at a specific time in their lives and it felt very real as if they would continue living on past the end of the film. It reminded me of Slacker but more focused, the kind of film where you get a real sense of these people to the point where it feels like they really exist. In addition to the great father/son bond, the relationship between Saul and Leo is very affecting. It’s great that the film doesn't really spell their relationship out until a certain point which gives everything else before that new meaning. I like that Leo's sexuality doesn't have to be explained and the other character’s sexualities were just a part of them as people instead of being linked to any sort of conflict. It just felt so refreshing to me.
I really like what the Animal Project is and how it's different for everyone, and how the characters are able to figure out what they want because of that form of art and expression. It’s quite poignant that the suits allow them to do things they've always wanted to do but figured they couldn't while they're themselves out of the costume. Ingrid spoke at the Q&A that I attended and I really admired the audition/rehearsal process that seemed much more connected to who the actors were as people instead of trying to fit them into a predetermined box.
I felt extremely inspired after watching it and I greatly look forward to re-watching it soon. It’s a wondrous love letter to Toronto, the creative pursuit and small but big moments between people. Don’t miss it.
I love this film!
I was lucky enough to be at a sold-out screening of this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the Q&A, Ingrid spoke about how she cast the film first, promising roles to eight actors, and then she wrote the script. There is no doubt, Ingrid is the DIY queen of Canadian filmmaking. THE ANIMAL PROJECT is inventive, funny, poignant - a great film from start to finish!
Dive in with both feet and enjoy the journey!
Ingrid Veninger is a champion for women filmmakers around the world. She’s a beautiful soul that inspires extraordinary, in her and others, where many are simply content with the ordinary. The Animal Project is overflowing with passion; provocative moments of silence and most importantly, love. And the most beautiful aspect of this film is that it’s a very accessible story because of its honest portrayal in exploring and celebrating the human spirit.