Review: When Animals Dream (2014)

Review: When Animals Dream (2014)

WHEN ANIMALS DREAM REVIEW Dänemark

The 16 year old Teenager Marie is diagnosed with a very rare disease that had already plagued her mother. As she get´s older, the disease is changing her more and more into a very aggressive “Being”. Besides, her hair is starting to grow unnaturally, what makes kinda look like Vincent from THE BEAUTY AND THE BEST. Because her life consists of constant violence and sexual harassment at work, it doesn´t take long until she snaps when some of her colleagues try to rape her.

So this is actually a Danish movie with the original title “Når dyrene drømmer” and if you consider the fact that i had to copy and paste the title because my keyboard probably doesn´t even support those danish letters, the movie was actually really good. The whole story is surprisingly original and there were a couple of scenes that i really enjoyed. WHEN ANIMALS DREAM is dark and depressing and you can almost feel Marie´s desperation. The movie is really not that famous, but if you can look beyond the fact that this probably only is available subtitled where you live, it is surprisingly fun. You know, I usually can´t stand movies that come with subtitles because I feel like watching a Swedish romance drama with my girlfriend but this is different. The story is fresh and though the movie kinda lacks great happenings. It´s very realistic and with a little bit of imagination, the storyline actually believable. The amount of scary scenes is relatively low, but everything we see is actually pretty solid, though I was a bit disappointed by the finale. Simply because it was too short and predictable.
The main actress Sonja Suhl is a decent actor; at least that´s how I perceived it with my non-existing danish skills. The problem is that the plot is too one dimensional and lacks the necessary roughness to hit the viewer in the face with a sledgehammer and some violence. For a TV movie, this is absolutely great, but don´t expect anything more than a decent thriller that is Lost in Translation. It feels like a horror film and has a pretty decent middle part; but loses too much steam towards the end to make a long lasting impression.