A nuanced study of female friendship, Animals explores a wild duo’s foray into their 30s
Bonded by a boozy decade of endless excess, Laura (Holliday Grainger, here in a career-best) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat) live together in Dublin in a Georgian apartment which is at once glamorous and shabby (chic?). Sharing a bed, thrifted clothes and bottles of wine for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the film is both a profile of substance abuse and a comedy apt for a drinking game (??). Moreso, Animals portrays the conflict between continuing the 24-hour parties or settling into the status quo of adulthood. When aspiring writer Laura begins a romance with the sensible classical pianist Jim (Fra Fee) her BFF inevitably looks not ‘forever’ after all. With a sister settling down with a first child, a best friend determined to live in a world comprised of MDMA and lines of poetry, and a fiancée dedicated to his musical career - these differing lifestyles force Laura to question what she really wants. An electric gem not to be missed. A glass of white wine might go down well with it. (research Rachel Williams) A good hedonists mid-weeker, but it thinks it’s funnier than it is. It’s not.