And Now, An Intimate Conversation With AMERICAN ANIMALS Director Bart Layton

I didn't come close to seeing everything in the U.S. dramatic competition, but of those I did see, my own personal jury of one would have felt compelled to single out "Wildlife," Paul Dano's beautifully measured drama about the disintegration of a marriage, starring a terrific Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal; and also "Tyrel," Sebastián Silva's unsettling ensemble comedy about a guy (the excellent Jason Mitchell) having an increasingly miserable time at a snowy weekend retreat. The movie's racial dynamics — he's black, they're white — led many to bill it as "'Get Out' without the horror," though if anything I found myself cringing more at "Tyrel." At once a tense psychological study and an acute study in group dynamics, it affirms Silva's skill at conjuring tension from both within and without.

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