In the opening credits we see through a veil pictures of the rough coastline of Denmark, detached houses in the dim evening light, old bunkers that are like dead whales on the beach and again the wind blowing through the dune grass. This is the home of Marie, who lives with her silent father and the silent, seated in a wheelchair, care mother in a small town on the coast. We meet Marie in two important points in their lives at the beginning of the story: An exam at the doctor because of a small rash on the chest and on the first day of their working Einstieges as a worker in the local fish factory. More people than in the two contexts will not get to see during the rest of the film as the viewer. It is a very small, closed, somehow fallen from the time in the world. As strange as the medical examination - the doctor is looking for the rash and examines Maries fingernails, her gums and their back - which is also the atmosphere in the fish factory.
The young men make really like Marie and her beautiful eyes, at the same time it is also an outsider treated with reference to their 'crazy' mother. This dim, obviously suppressing a dark secret atmosphere pervades the entire film and makes the break-up of violence all the more frightening. It is also less of the content of the mystery, which seems surprising (because there is still too many relevant suggestions, especially Marie's dream sequences), but it is the slow progress of history and it is exciting to see how it could go on for now. The magical realism consistently maintained until the end draws the viewer into its spell.
Jonas Alexander Arnby has presented a remarkable debut as a director in his surreal and suggestive imagery. His approach to tell a coming-of-age story with genre elements of the horror film makes the entire movie appear as an allegory: The question of personal identity, which role if I was a young man can play in the society around me and if I'm in 'my place ', I think again which makes it unusual and new. Similarly, questions for social exclusion and respect for all others a major role. The questions are raised in a realistic environment, however, constrained by fantastic narrative elements into the picture. In particular, the consistently very good actors provide a high degree of authenticity.
When Animals Dream" acts at the beginning as a melancholy drama about a young, shy 16 year old Marie, but developed into an exciting momentum a confused story, which conceals more than it at first sight appear. We discover our main protagonist, the village where she lives with her family, and fellow human beings who mean well and less well with her - and finally solve an old mystery, the truth is known and yet secretive.For sensitive viewers it should be said that the number of scares kept within limits, and the death toll is rather small, so I would not call it a horror film, but by emphasizing quiet narrative, the pronounced silence is almost all interested parties and meditatitve imagery the contrast in the course of the film falls particularly strong.
"When Animals Dream" is a very quiet, marked by internal stress genre mix of coming-of-age drama, character study and horror story (and in that order), which is for friends of Scandinavian cinema and successful visual language will be of interest , No great masterpiece, but rather a successful and quite innovative contribution for Newcomers who enriched the independent scene. "
This film is like nowadays pretty much everything that is not Hollywood or controlled mainstream, a calm and level-headed film that takes its time to pull the viewer into its spell. You then plugged However, once in the small fishing village somewhere in Denmark, leaves a the oppressive and overbearing peculiar mood of the people and their life together not out of her spell. Its greatest strength lies in the young newcomer Sonja Suhl, lying in an enormous performance to the diverse representation of Marie. They both shows Maries vulnerability and uncertainty and gives her yet an independent power they also needed especially later.
The film is worth seeing for all fans of the Danish film art - and those who want to be there. It has suspense, drama, a melancholic picturesque language and aesthetic and not least it shows again on sociological psychological level, that man is a wolf to man.
As a DVD the transfer is presented in it original aspect ratio of 2.35 : 1 , the transfer is strong. It has an intentional blue hue colour lighting to suit the vibe of the cold outdoors. The black levels are rich and there are no signs of digital grain. Not sure if this film was shot digitally or on film, but it has a film like feel. Almost human is a very visual film and there is a great level of detail it seems. Overall a strong DVD transfer, watching it up scaled on a 1080p television looked fine still maintaining quality. This is a film that focuses on atmosphere and cinematography due to its its large wide lens on the aspect ratio.
Audio: Dialogue comes across clear with no muffling or peaking in the audio. Also the dark orchestral score comes across very nicely in Dolby 5.1.
No extras, seeing how its such a rare film, to have this on DVD alone is a huge treat.