Tiere

Animals
Greg Zglinski
2017

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Nick and Anna are off to Switzerland for six months. Nick wants to collect recipes of local cuisine, and Anna finally hopes to write a new book. The time away might be good for their relationship too, for Anna knows about Nick’s affair with their neighbour Andrea, who threw herself out the window. Mischa will be taking care of the fish and the philodendron in their Viennese apartment while they’re gone. On the drive to Switzerland, they collide with a sheep.
As the narrative progresses, the more it undermines certainties and sows doubts. At what point did the plot actually begin? Are the characters really themselves, or merely figments of someone else’s imagination? First the timeframes become confused, before spatial boundaries are also suspended. Disconcerting parallels emerge between the Vienna apartment and the Swiss chalet. And doesn’t the ice cream seller in the neighbouring town look just like Mischa? Is Anna’s jealousy unfounded, or should she listen to the advice of the talking cat? Is Mischa actually Andrea? Will every question be answered by the end? Wait and see, for the mind games that Tiere allows to play out between Vienna and the Swiss Alps are most sophisticated. (Anna Hoffmann)

Production: tellfilm, Zurich; Coop99 Filmproduktion, Vienna; Opus Film, Łódź
Screenplay: Jörg Kalt, Greg Zglinski
Camera: Piotr Jaxa
Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri, Mehdi Nebbou
Running time: 95 min
Languages: German, French

Photo: © tellfilm, Wojtek Sulezycki