- 1 hr 30 min
Animals is a 2014 independent drama film that explores the complexities of addiction, love, and loss. Directed by Collin Schiffli, it stars David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, and John Heard. The story follows Bobbie (Dastmalchian) and Jude (Shaw), a couple of drug addicts living in Chicago. They spend their days selling drugs and getting high, often losing track of time and reality. Their addiction has taken over their lives to the point where they no longer have any goals or aspirations. However, Bobbie starts to feel the weight of his addiction and decides to get clean. He attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings and begins to rebuild his life. But his newfound sobriety puts a strain on his relationship with Jude, who is unable to quit drugs. As Bobbie tries to distance himself from his former life, he meets a woman named Leslie (Nikki Piercy) and the two begin a tentative romance. Bobbie starts to believe that he can have a happy, sober life, but Jude's addiction threatens to pull him back into the chaos he left behind. Animals is a stunning portrayal of addiction and the toll it takes on individuals and their relationships. The film is shot in a gritty, realistic style that immerses viewers in the characters' world. Dastmalchian's performance as Bobbie is particularly poignant, as he conveys both the desperation and hope of a person in recovery. One of the most striking elements of Animals is its exploration of the bond between Bobbie and Jude. Despite the destructive nature of their addiction, they have an intense connection that is difficult to break. As Bobbie tries to move on from their shared past, he is forced to confront the limits of their relationship and the pain that comes with letting go. The film's depiction of addiction is also notable for its compassion and understanding. Rather than relying on stereotypes or sensationalism, it presents addiction as a disease that affects real people with complex emotions and struggles. Animals is a quiet film that speaks volumes about the human experience. It is a raw and emotional journey that will leave viewers both moved and haunted by its powerful portrayal of addiction, love, and loss.