American Animal (2011) - Synopsis

A striking discovery of the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, the wild and personal existential comedy AMERICAN ANIMAL marks the feature film debut of writer/director/actor Matt D'Elia. The film takes viewers on a unique and intense journey of self-discovery as it acerbically and humorously examines themes of friendship, madness, sex and death. When Jimmy (D'Elia) finds out his best friend and roommate James (Brendan Fletcher from HBO's "The Pacific") is leaving for a new job in the morning, he sees this as a betrayal of their perfect way of life. Over the course of a night full of drinks, drugs and women, the two men engage in a classic battle of wills as James prepares to enter the real world and Jimmy falls deeper and deeper into his world of isolation and make-believe. AMERICAN ANIMAL features breakthrough performances from D'Elia, Fletcher, Mircea Monroe (THE CHANGE-UP) and Angela Sarafyan (THE TWILIGHT SAGA).