Humans mutate into animals in a spectacular sci-fi drama about a mysterious epidemic.
The Animal Kingdom
Le Règne animal
2023, Thomas Cailley
130 minutes, French with Russian subtitles
Starring: Romain Duris, Paul Kircher, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Tom Mercier
A strange virus is spreading across France: everyone who contracts it mutates into human-animal hybrids. Someone’s hands turn into wings, someone gets covered with scales ... Before the eyes of François and his 16-year-old son Emile, their wife and mother becomes a primate. A random accident—and all three find themselves in a forest filled with strange, outlandish creatures.
Shot from Le Règne animal, 2023
Cailley’s generous imagination is felt in the magical way he uses practical effects to render human-animal hybrids.
— Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
The Animal Kingdom is not your typical sci-fi, but a clever, special effects-filled bildungsroman. Through a whimsical plot, it seeks to express some profound truths about the nature of the human soul.