A young Scandinavian werewolf claims her heritage in “When Animals Dream”
by Angela Quinton
Sep. 8, 2015
The 2014 “Danish dramatic horror mystery” When Animals Dream is now available to buy or stream in North America. Everything I’ve seen and heard about it since it premiered at Cannes last year has been extremely compelling, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it.
As she realizes that she comes from a line of terrifyingly untamable women, Marie refuses to take the medication that will suppress her condition. She refuses to accept her mother’s (and her mother’s mother’s, and her mother’s mother’s mother’s) fate, and her self-awareness makes her even more dangerous.
This is a great example of a premise I’d want to explore even if the hook wasn’t a werewolf. I’m in my 30s now but the idea of a young person claiming their agency in the world is still just as vicariously thrilling to me as it was when I was a 16-year-old.