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quietearth [Celluloid 08.03.12] drama fantasy

I've followed this film for years and intitally thought that the protagonists teddy bear was robotic, but from the English synopsis we now have, it looks like it might be imaginary. Premiering at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Animals is Marcal Fores' feature length debut and while the story remains vague, the trailer looks fantastic.

Just like on any other day, POL (17) walks home with his friend Deerhoof. Deerhoof is his ally and soul-mate and, next to him, Pol feels he has found his place in the world. He is Pol's most closely guarded secret: his imaginary friend (or at least that's what he thinks) whose appearance is that of a small, sweet teddy bear.

Pol is a good student at school, but as he is rather shy and retiring, he has got only one real friend there. Her name is Laia. She is a year older than Pol and is repeating a year. Laia is secretly in love with Pol.

Everything goes along normally until Ikari, a mysterious new student, arrives at the school harbouring what seems to be a dark secret. Pol is captivated by Ikari and finds himself being drawn into the dark aura that surrounds his beguiling new classmate.

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