“Zoology” is a parable about modern Russia and a woman wanting to be different. It also sports a Jacki Weaver looking woman sporting a rather gross vestigial tail. It’s not true vestigial, but one of those mystery appendages grown to serve a story. There’s many great points to be made, but the actual layout and design of the tail grossed me out to the pain of distraction. While I’m not familiar with most modern Russian cinema, I admire the fantasy aspects it tried to reach. That being said, it still hit me rather cold.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM MONO
RELEASE DATE: 11/14/17
The Plot Thus Far
Writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s prize-winning sophomore feature (Special Prize of the Jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Best Picture at Fantastic Fest) deftly mixes the deadpan humour of Aki Kaurismäki with a poignant examination of social issues including loneliness and aging. Natasha is a middle-aged admin employee at a zoo where her female co-workers take pleasure in making fun of her. She lives with her God-fearing mother and leads a dull existence without prospects, until one day she grows a tail. Medical examinations follow where she meets Peter, a young radiologist and her dreary life is turned upside down. Described as “Kafka meets Cronenberg” (Hollywood Reporter) Tverdovsky’s film is a beautifully photographed portrait of Eastern Europe that recalls the recent New Romanian Cinema and features a brave and brilliant central performance from Natalya Pavlenkova.