Mammal

  • 96'
  • Ireland
  • 2016
Divorcée Margaret (Rachel Griffiths) leads a quiet, withdrawn life. She divides her time between her store and the swimming pool, where she tries to stay under water as long as she can. Shortly after learning that her son - with whom she never had real contact - has died, she takes in a homeless boy of about the same age. Between Margaret and this criminal but charming Joe (Barry Keoghan) an unorthodox relationship develops. Their mutual dependence grows, but the fragile bond comes under threat when Margaret’s ex-husband Matt shows up ever more frequently. Matt’s anger at the tragic death of their son puts an increasing strain on things, just like Joe’s involvement with a gang.
Rebecca Daly’s second feature - after The Other Side of Sleep, shown in Cannes - is a powerful yet restrained relationship drama, in which the outstanding actors are given all the room they need to evoke a world of raw emotions without speaking many lines.

Director
Rebecca Daly
Premiere
European premiere
Countries of production
Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
96'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Macdara Kelleher, Reinier Selen, Gilles Chanial
Production Companies
Fastnet Films, Rinkel Film, Calach Films
Sales
Picture Tree International
Screenplay
Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery
Cinematography
Lennart Verstegen
Editor
Halina Daugird
Production Design
Audrey Hernu
Sound Design
Marco Vermaas
Cast
Barry Keoghan, Rachel Griffiths
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands