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by Richard Schwartz

Michael DiJiacomo's esoteric fantasy is impressively shot and well casted, but "Animals" is far too arcane and disjointed to be considered an enjoyable filmgoing experience. A plot synopsis would fill the space right here, but, in this case, it's impossible to even compile such for the film. "Animals" begins with a 10-minute black-and-white short about a tollkeeper (played by veteran actor Mickey Rooney) and then follows with a story of Tim Roth as a cab driver, chasing his dream of a conquest with the mysterious rural woman Katia (Milli Avital). The shots are pretty but empty, the iconography extremely forced. At least Fellini's symbolism seemed a bit more natural. This film leaves one with a sense of confusion and little else.

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