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The Animal Project (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 September 2013 (Canada)
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As a thirty something acting teacher attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, he struggles with his own ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aaron Poole ... Leo
Hannah Cheesman ... Alice
Johnathan Sousa ... Jason
Sarena Parmar ... Mira
Emmanuel Kabongo ... Ray
Jessica Greco ... Pippa
Joey Klein ... Saul
Jacob Switzer Jacob Switzer ... Sam
Dennie Foster Dennie Foster ... Uncle Issac
Joanne Vannicola ... Morag
Noah Davis ... Nathan
Lindsay Owen Pierre ... Matteo
Kate Corbett ... Rosie
PJ Lazic ... Pervert Man
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In Toronto, Leo, a single father to seventeen year old Sam, is an actor and theater director, he currently teaching an acting class/heading an acting troupe consisting of six students/friends: Alice, Jason, Mira, Pippa, Ray and Saul. After three months together as group of misfits as he calls them, Leo approaches them with an idea stemming from a dream he had: rather than mount a traditional play, they individually or in small groups would walk around the city wearing animal costumes, akin to animal mascot costumes, to see how they interact with people and in turn how people who have no idea what they are doing react to them. It is a broader representation of a video project Leo conducted with Sam when Sam was eight, Sam dressed in a rabbit costume giving away free hugs, which he could do having been in an animal costume instead of being a human with suspect motives giving away those hugs. Leo gets a somewhat cool if not hostile reaction from the six as a collective, some who just ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Métropole Films [Canada]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 September 2013 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

This Is an Exercise See more »

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pUNK FILMS See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Utterly charming!
13 September 2013 | by orakleSee all my reviews

Another wonderful, heartfelt piece of work from a true maverick independent filmmaker.

Great performances across the board, and lots of sweet surprises throughout.

I was particularly effected by young Jacob Switzer's performance as Sam, and his relationship with his father (played by Aaron Poole) felt totally genuine.

I appreciate how the filmmaker leaves just enough questions unanswered to keep the audience engaged without leaving everyone feeling lost.

For my money, there just aren't enough films being made nowadays with this kind of spirit.


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