We Are Not Animals (2013)

We Are Not Animals (2013)
5.0
  • 522
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release year: 2013 ()
  • Running time: 90 min
  • Original Title: No somos animales
  • Voted: 522

A Hollywood actor grows tired of making the same corporate movies, so he moves to Argentina to find more experimental and meaningful work.

#PersonCharacters
1John CusackTony Lovecraft
2Paul HippRudy Maravilla
3Kevin MorrisSyd Kuliaky
4Alejandro AgrestiPatrick Pesto
  • An interesting experience by 10

    That's why I give it a 10 from Uruguay. As a normal movie it probably would have deserve only a 6 or 7. But this is another kind of "thing". Personally made me feel close to the characters, as never a movie made me feel before. I could call it an ODE to friendship. The "thing" never tried to manipulate me, from the start shows that taste of parody, makes you part of a crazy party, full of contradictions, drinks,different points of view, and space for personal thoughts...

    Anyway, Cusack shows his best, or a my say himself after so many forgettable films. I wish it could be a serial, with those friends saying what come to their minds. After watching the last Argentine blockbusters designed to be that, like The Clan etc., or the "artistic movies", that are film school pastiches of old classics, overall french, No Somos Animales got my heart. Makes me believe that cinema could be something different that manipulation and money, something more simple, and participatory.

  • A Waste Of Time ... and I am from Argentina by 1

    This film reminded me of the Dogma film "Hotel" (2001 dir: Mike Figgis) where many American movie stars appear mostly as cameos, or barely as part of the plot. There was, however a plot there, at least. On this film, we have "Kubrick-like" intertitles preceding scenes, all about the planning of the filming of a movie, which is being filmed as this is a movie within a movie anyway. The dialogue for the first half is - as always - about "the evil military that killed people indiscriminately", without a full explanation of WHY and WHAT HAPPENED. This is as if you were learning about World War II and "there was a lot of killing going on" but absolutely no explanation of what happened, just tidbits of talk. Imagine every German film ever made from the end of the war to the present, in which they talk about Nazis. Every film. Or every American movie talking about Vietnam... even it if is a romantic comedy. They try, and fail, to make this some type of artsy film, some very recognizable names are in it, but the dialogue goes nowhere. They try to be "French New Wave" but with less plot, and a lot of scenes about Buenos Aires that serves more as a fantasyland attraction rather than the presentation of a city, or the history of the country, or even some type of plot. A complete waste of time and talent. Go see "Hotel" instead. There is a scene in which a girl tells John Cusack that Argentina is stuck in the past, 35 years back, and cannot move forward. Such is the state of filmmaking in ARG today. Stuck in the 1980s and forever trying to sanitize (but failing in omission) the event s that CAUSED the military coup of 1976. The Argentitnes need at least another 50 years to catch up to the rest of the world. This is a piece of garbage, and frankly, had the coup never occurred, Argentina would have been another Lebanon of the 1980s or the Venezuela of today. Che Guevara and Maoists forever admiring what is unclean only because it is "revolutionary" - conveniently ignoring that ARG, for all its faults, became rich and prosperous thanks to the European immigrants that worked - and di dnot pick the quick fix of a revolution to advance the country. For the lazy and the feeble minded, the Cuban revolution is a thing to be worshipped. These are still dangerous times!

  • Interesting but not interesting enough by 5

    Even the makers of Seinfeld famously realized that a "show about nothing" had to have a plot, no matter how absurdly trivial that plot may be. The makers of No Somos Animales boldly ignored that rule, and the result is like a car without wheels. The car may look good - but it goes nowhere, This film comes across like a jumbled assortment of pieces from a reality TV episode - but thankfully without any screaming. We see John Cusack and friends eat, drink, and natter in luxury in Buenos Aires. They often wear Bono-style sunshades. Some parts are filmed in black and white. Sometimes there is American folk music in the background. Al Pacino implies at one point in the movie that a good art film doesn't need much planned dialogue - just genuine emotion felt by the actors. And while that is true, this film unfortunately lacked that genuine emotion - or failed to capture it. The bottom line is that we see a bunch of rich brats preening self-indulgently on camera and it's not particularly appealing or memorable. Jackson Pollock threw random splotches of paint at a canvas and called it art. But that doesn't mean we have to believe that it's somehow brilliant. There's nothing brilliant about this film, unfortunately.

  • Da Da Homemovie by 8

    Warm little movie. A collage of digressions and partial thoughts, no apt for who is looking to be caught in a melodrama. To see great actors playing with such a freedom, makes me think on the cynical and shallow part of this art form.

    As soon we have the chance to liberate our mind, we dream, and snore. As soon we seat front of the TV, we are forced to dream the dreams others, sometimes just money makers?

    This movie have much of a dream, but is enough imperfect, rough, and sometimes nonsensical, that you can hear your own mind without feeling being used.

  • Worst film ever. by 1

    This might be the worst film I've ever seen. Oozes pretentiousness. Has no plot. Isn't funny. Lacks characters do nothing to endear you to them. They have no arc. And now they're making me write 5 lines on it, but I just had to write a review so nobody else fell in the trap of watching this film. It's also stupidly long considering that NOTHING happens. How it has an average so high I'll never know. End of story.

#PersonCrew
1Hans Bonatocinematographer
2Pablo Barbieri Carreraeditor
3Pablo Bossiproducer