Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this science-fiction tale, set in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in 1931, a penniless writer, evicted from his home, discovers that a species of rats has banded together to impersonate humans and supplant them unnoticed, in a manner reminiscent of the transformations in Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, or the covert conspiracy of pod-people in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Whether his perceptions are hallucinations due to his hunger or not, by the end of the film, he is the only one left standing. This film's story is based on a book by the Soviet writer Alexander Greene.
allegory, animal, attack, eviction, evil-possession, friendship, impersonation, poverty, rat [animal], scientist, victim, war, writing