Only the Animals
Seules les bêtes
A hypnotic and elusive French thriller weaves together the stories of various individuals connected with the disappearance of a woman, her car found abandoned on a remote mountain roadside.
Dir Dominik Moll
Prod Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier, Simon Arnal
Scr Dominik Moll, Gilles Marchand
With Denis Ménochet, Laure Calamy, Damien Bonnard
Sales The Match Factory
With English subtitles
Franco-German director Dominik Moll returns to the territory of breakout hits Harry, He’s Here To Help (LFF 2000) and Lemming (LFF 2005) with another darkly funny thriller that explores the seamier side of middle-class life in the French countryside. Two depressive farmers, an unfaithful wife, a lovelorn waitress and an African con artist are each related in some way to the disappearance of a glamorous housewife (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). A stylishly-shot and elegantly structured slow-burn, revealing the secret connections between fascinating and disparate characters, the film finds Moll at the height of his storytelling powers and working with his finest cast to date, including an astonishing Denis Ménochet. This compelling mystery moves expertly toward an unexpectedly moving and surprising denouement.