All the Little Animals

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All the Little Animals ★★½ 1998 (R)

Twenty-four-year old Bobby (Bale) is brain damaged from a childhood accident. After his mother's death, he's left in the less-than-tender care of his malevolent stepfather, De Winter (Benzali), who's only interested in Bobby's inheritance. So Bobby runs away and is taken in by hermit, Mr. Summers (Hurt), who is devoted to burying the remains of animals killed in road accidents. But Bobby's idyll cannot last when his stepfather finds him—and Mr. Summers is also not quite what he seems. Based on the novel by Walker Hamilton. 104m/C VHS, DVD . GB John Hurt, Christian Bale, Daniel Benzali, James Faulkner, Amy Robbins; D: Jeremy Thomas; W: Eski Thomas; C: Mike Molloy; M: Richard Hartley.