Holliday graced Sundance Film Festival 2019 edition with the cast & crew of the female-lead comedy “Animals”! She attended on January 27th and 28th, in two different events, being the second the official premiere date. During the days Holly showed up in several portrait sessions which are now available on our gallery! We will soon bring you more so keep refreshing our site for news.
PUBLIC APPEARANCES – 2019 – JAN 27: THE VULTURE SPOT AT SUNDANCE – DAY 3
PUBLIC APPEARANCES – 2019 – JAN 28: 2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – ‘ANIMALS’ PREMIERE
Variety: Sundance Film Review: ‘Animals’
Thirty is a curious age, at once unsettling and perilously close to settled: the first point at which you can see another adult version of yourself in the rearview mirror, and wonder what’s gone right or wrong. Its onset has a different effect on the two hard-partying Dublin girlfriends at the center of “Animals,” as their once watertight bond starts to leak boozily at the seams. For Laura, a self-styled, self-doubting 32-year-old writer, that rearview glance is one she’d rather not take, as she senses herself sliding out of sync with the world around her; for Tyler, her proudly feckless BFF, looking back only emboldens her to carry on as before.
(…) Played with fizzing yin-and-yang chemistry by Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, they’re a welcome corrective to the more superficially subversive female leads of comedies like “Trainwreck,” whose external damage mask surprisingly conservative aspirations; heterosexual romance is an option, not a destination, in a film that sees the wine glass as half-full and half-empty by turns. (…) And if Shawkat is on fine, well-established form as a caustic social rebel, “Animals” ought to be a major career breakthrough for the superb Grainger, hitherto underused on the big screen, as a heroine unsold on her own heroism. (…)
It’s the performances that punch through the illusion, as Grainger and Shawkat’s dynamic turns on a dime from raucous, debauched complicity to savage mutual confrontation — the kind of close, cold truth-telling that, where best friends are involved, results more often than not in hurtful lies being told. Along with its ideally matched stars, “Animals” knows that the best buddy movies are really romances, and no less prone to searing heartbreak. “We will always have each other,” Laura tells Tyler, “but there comes a time when there needs to be room for other things.” Hyde’s punkily poetic film peruses those “other things” with a wary, hopeful eye, finally trusting its disheveled characters to find them for themselves. They’re only in their thirties, after all.
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The overseas sales prospects for Sophie Hyde’s Animals look bright following rave reviews for the female-led comedy at the Sundance Film Festival.
(…) Their hedonistic existence is further disrupted when Laura gets engaged to Jim (Irishman Fra Free), an ambitious pianist who decides to go teetotal. (…)
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland enthused: “Grainger and Shawkat are wonderful together, conveying the depth of a 10-year relationship with affection and honesty. Animals keenly understands something that few modern films are willing to face: friendships, the good ones, the real ones, aren’t some stopover on the way to movie-ready true love and riding off into the sunset. Sometimes, you’re riding off into the sunset with your best friend, and that’s damn fine.
“Elliptically plotted and not at all interested in setting either of its leading ladies on predictable paths, Animals eschews easy answers. Instead, it revels in the messiness of life, and the many love stories it can contain.”(…)