Now in theaters, as well as VOD/digital platforms, we have an exclusive look at The Carnivores, starring Lindsay Burdge and Tallie Medel! Along with the clip, which you can watch below, we have writer / director Caleb Michael Johnson's comments on the relationship at the center of The Carnivores and what's hidden below the surface:
"Sometimes you don’t get to decide what your body wants. Actually, let’s refine that slightly: you never get to decide. The best you can do is get good at what to feed and what to starve; you can chew up an ugly bit here to make room for some prettier part there. You can go hunting for something that’s not already inside of you, trap it and eat it and hope it stays down. But it’s all still in there somewhere. Being a functional adult is mostly a matter of maintaining what shows and what’s hidden, and it doesn’t always work so well.
THE CARNIVORES is about these hidden parts. Alice and Bret are an evolved couple: compassionate vegetarians, emotionally versed, professionally dressed. But below the surface they are, like the rest of us, a carnage of chewed up bits that don’t fit so nicely together. It’s the story of how people in a relationship consume themselves and each other for better and worse; how loving long term is a cycle of death and rebirth."
The Carnivores is being released by Dark Sky Films and is now available in theaters and digital platforms.
Synopsis: "Alice and Bret’s dog Harvie is dying, and he’s ruining everything. What had been a bright little family is quickly being consumed by clouds of self-doubt, suspicion, and a disturbing amount of ground beef. Bret (Lindsay Burdge) is taking the news hard. She's had Harvie since before the relationship and is startled to find just how much of her sense of self is wrapped up in her history with him. Alice (Tallie Medel) thus finds herself on the outside of a relationship looking in. Bret's obsession with the dog is getting overtly unhealthy, yet the more Alice attempts to connect, the further Bret retreats.
As the stress on Alice, a vegan, manifests in increasingly strange ways involving sleepwalking and a fascination with meat, she plans to get rid of Harvie to reclaim Bret’s love. But when Alice wakes one night holding an empty leash with no sign of Harvie except his severed ear, she begins to fear she's become a monster. As each woman sets out in search of what's been lost, Alice and Bret uncover parts of each other they never suspected, hideous and beautiful alike."