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“Only the Animals” is a 2019 French mystery drama film directed by . The film weaves together the lives of several characters in rural France whose paths intersect in unexpected and sometimes tragic ways. A woman disappears, leaving behind a mystery that links a diverse group of individuals, including a woman who dreams of escaping her mundane life, a farmer struggling with his failing marriage, a womanizing truck driver, and others. As the story unfolds, secrets are revealed, and the connections between the characters become increasingly intertwined.

Review: “Only the Animals” received positive reviews from critics for its complex narrative structure, atmospheric cinematography, and strong performances. The film's exploration of human nature, loneliness, and the search for connection resonated with audiences. Critics praised 's direction and the ensemble cast's portrayal of their characters.

Plot: The film follows the lives of several characters living in rural France, each grappling with their own desires, secrets, and struggles. Among them are Evelyne, a woman who dreams of escaping her mundane life and embarks on an affair with a married man named Joseph. Joseph, meanwhile, is a farmer who is struggling with his failing marriage to Alice. Alice, in turn, becomes entangled with a womanizing truck driver named Michel.

As the story progresses, a woman named Marion disappears under mysterious circumstances, sparking an investigation that uncovers hidden connections between the characters. Through a series of interconnected vignettes, the film explores themes of love, betrayal, and the search for meaning in a world filled with loneliness and isolation.

Awards: “Only the Animals” received critical acclaim and garnered several nominations and awards at various film festivals. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 2019 San Sebastián International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Shell award. The film also received nominations at the César Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Popularity: While “Only the Animals” may not have achieved widespread popularity outside of the festival circuit, it garnered attention for its engaging storytelling and atmospheric visuals. The film's exploration of human relationships and the mysteries of fate resonated with audiences, cementing its status as a notable entry in French cinema.

French Seules les bêtes
Directed by
Written by Benedikt Schiefer
Based on Seules les bêtes
by Colin Niel
Produced by
  • Simon Arnal
  • Caroline Benjo
  • Barbara Letellier
  • Carole Scotta

Cinematography Patrick Ghiringhelli
Edited by Laurent Rouan
Music by Benedikt Schiefer
Release date
  • 28 August 2019 (VIFF)
Running time
117 minutes
Country France
Language French


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