Trailer: ‘Animals,’ a coming-of-age story crossed between ‘Ted’ and ‘Donnie Darko’

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Animals is the directorial debut of Marçal Forés, and stars Oriol Pla, Augustus Prew (The Borgias) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit). The film is described as an introspective fantasy ala Donnie Darko, and a coming-of-age story that blurs the borders between everyday reality and dreams. As far as I know, Animals does not yet have a release stateside, but keep an eye out for it. Many of my colleagues who have been fortunate enough to see it, only have great things to say. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Synopsis:

Just like on any other day, POL (17) walks home with his friend Deerhoof. Deerhoof is his ally and soul-mate and, next to him, Pol feels he has found his place in the world. He is Pol’s most closely guarded secret: his imaginary friend (or at least that’s what he thinks) whose appearance is that of a small, sweet teddy bear. Pol is a good student at school, but as he is rather shy and retiring, he has got only one real friend there. Her name is Laia. She is a year older than Pol and is repeating a year. Laia is secretly in love with Pol. Everything goes along normally until Ikari, a mysterious new student, arrives at the school harbouring what seems to be a dark secret. Pol is captivated by Ikari and finds himself being drawn into the dark aura that surrounds his beguiling new classmate.

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