ICA Cinema Series: We the Animals
Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable.
Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’
volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel
grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to keep her youngest,
Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah
increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.
With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin
Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered
performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors –
and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of
working class family life and brotherhood.
Run Time: 01:32:53