22 February 2019 | markkbranson
I don't know how typical this really is
As you look over the IMDB comments about this movie, you may note that some liken this film to a "common theme." I am not convinced of this idea. Yes, the idea is referenced with the "Pyscho" poster toward this films denouement. But there are other things at play with this film that I suggest you consider before writing it off completely as "rehash."
I am struck by the surreal images of this film--from the curious lighting which seems to suggest something about characters to doors in the floor and the ceiling. The entire film has images that echo Dali's dream sequence in Hitchcock's "Spellbound. " Nearly every frame of "Animas" has this dream/nightmare sense to it and it is because of this visual clueing that I recommend you check this movie out.
I need to own up to you readers that there are flaws in this film. Tho' I appreciate the actors here--Clare Durant (Alex), Iván Pellicer (Bram), Ángela Molina (Bram's doctor), and Chacha Huang (Bram's lover), they are not really used to drive the story and Durant's eye wrinkles make her seem miscast as "Bram's" childhood friend. Some have applauded the music, but it seems out of place--unless there is some ironic intent that might reveal itself on a second or third viewing. And the end title image of Bram's being bullied in the playground seems confounding: is it Bram being beat up? Has Alex come to rescue some other poor child? Is this entire film caught in some time loop where we end where we began? This image just bothers me because if brings up questions that I thought had been put to rest.
If you like surrealism; if you like compelling dream imagery; if you enjoy subtle plot shifts that might catch you off-guard (and I can guarantee you that there is one plot the element that WILL surprise you), then you really need to check this film out.
(PS: I have to pose a question: Why is Durant's character named "Alex"? There are thousands of names that could have been selected but this one is used. Could it be a reference? Does it play on the etymology of the name itself? Does is suggest some gender ambiguity? If you find these questions curious, please check it out and let me know!)