American Animals

MA15 117 mins

About the film

Release Date: Oct 4, 2018
Director: Bart Layton
Actors: Ann Dowd, Evan Peters
The extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends living an ordinary existence who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. But not everything is as it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them start to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream.
The story is simple: 14 years ago, four college students at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, decided it was a good idea to rob their college library. These naïve, opportunistic college boys had their sights set on a number of rare tomes, including a rather valuable edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America. Long story short, it did not go according to plan.
The British director Bart Layton came to prominence in 2012 with the award-winning documentary The Imposter, an intriguing account of a 1997 case in which French confidence trickster Frédéric Bourdin impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a Texas boy who disappeared at the age of 13 in 1994.
The greatest thing about American Animals — and there are a lot of great things about this fine film —is that it’s the real deal. Working with a sharp, authentic script that snaps, crackles and pops in all the right places, and an exuberant cast that knows how to deliver it, Layton presents us with a riveting, often queasy, concoction of a thriller, that is as funny as it is unnerving.

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