By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Personal transformation has more than one meaning in this film.
MY ANIMAL, directed by Jacqueline Castel from a script by Jae Matthews, will world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival January 22 at 11:55 p.m. at The Ray Theatre. It stars Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Amandla Stenberg (BODIES BODIES BODIES), genre vet Stephen McHattie, Heidi Von Palleske, Cory Lipman and Joe Apollonio; the synopsis: “Heather [Menuez], an outcast teenage goalie, longs to play on the hockey team of her small northern town. She meets and falls in love with newcomer Jonny [Stenberg], an alluring but tormented figure skater. The girls’ relationship blossoms despite Heather’s struggles with her alcoholic mother [Von Palleske], her hidden sexual orientation, and a familial curse that transforms her into a feral wolf under the full moon. Heather and Jonny’s secret tryst soon clashes against the conformity of their small community, exposing dangerous truths and igniting a passionate, violent night of personal transformation.”