Families drift apart for all sorts of reasons, but sometimes the fight that leads to estrangement can be something relatively minor. J reconnects with his grandmother in the film Animal Kingdom after the death of his mother, and she expresses regret for their time apart.
In the film, Animal Kingdom, J finds himself being coached by lawyers to lie for his criminal family members, despite them having murdered his girlfriend. You can see the conflict taking place within the character as he wrestles with his guilt while also being concerned for his own selfpreservation.
In the shocking closing scene to the film, Animal Kingdom, J returns home to his family, seemingly ready to make peace with the fact that they are violent criminals. Soon, it becomes clear that he hasn't returned to make amends, but rather to seek out revenge. (Violence and coarse language.)
In the opening scene to the film, Animal Kingdom, J sits with his mother's body as he waits for the paramedics to arrive and take her body away. He, then, must reach out to his estranged grandmother for help. In this brief opening, we see how grief can stun someone into silence, struggling to process what has happened.
In the film, Animal Kingdom, J has reconnected with his criminally involved family and finds himself struggling with the demands this position had placed on him. Between guilt over things he's come to know and the pressure they're putting on him to stay silent, J is finding his return home quite difficult. (Coarse language.)
We follow J and his family after their close family friend, Baz, is murdered. These scenes offer a brief glimpse of the tension, anger and sadness that permeates a home after a tragic, violent loss. (Coarse language.)
A detective tries to coerce a young man into betraying his crime family by explaining to him how 'survival of the fittest' works and why he's too weak to make it without turning on them.
In the film, Animal Kingdom, members of a crime family plot against the police and stage a violent attack in retaliation for the death of one of their friends. (Coarse language.)
The film Animal Kingdom portrays a mother driven by her maternal instinct to protect her adult sons, even if they happen to be drug dealers and murderers. This scene demonstrates the complicated reality that a family can be corrupt and evil and still have great love and loyalty for one another. (Coarse language.)
Baz leaves for a trip to the supermarket in a good mood, ready to talk to his best friend about leaving the family business; doesn't want to be a criminal anymore. Unfortunately, things end tragically for him in a scene that sets up the tension and drama in the film, Animal Kingdom. (Coarse language.)
In the film, Animal Kingdom, J and Nicky struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with his ongoing connection to his criminal family and their constant paranoia and suspicion. Things end tragically when J's Uncle Pope decides that Nicky knows too much. This scene is difficult to watch but represents a turning point in the film and tests the limits of J's commitment to his family. (Coarse language.)
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