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Time of the Wolf (2003)

Le temps du loup (original title)
When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.

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Anne Laurent
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Thomas Brandt
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Arina
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M. Azoulay
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Koslowski
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Béa
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Ben Laurent
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Young runaway
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Mme Azoulay
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Nathalie Azoulay (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
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Georges Laurent
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In an undefined time, the environment has been totally destroyed and now the water is contaminated and the animals have been burned. Georges Laurent travels with her wife Anne Laurent, their teenage daughter Eva and their son Ben from the city to their cabin in the countryside. On the arrival, they find that intruders have broken in the house, and one stranger kills George. Anne, Eva and Ben wander through the village asking for shelter and supplies for their acquaintances, but they refuse to help them. They reach an abandoned barn and spend the night inside. On the next morning, they meet a teenage boy and they walk together to a train station, where they find other survivors. Together, they wait for the train expecting to go to a better place in the middle of the chaos. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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8 October 2003 (France)  »

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€10,065 (Italy) (6 June 2004)

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$61,439 (USA) (8 August 2004)
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Michael Haneke: [character name] Isabelle Huppert's character is named Anne Laurent. See more »

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Dark and involving mood piece
31 January 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Haneke's nightmare vision of a post-apocalyptic world is darkly atmospheric and beautifully photographed. True, there isn't much of a plot and the pace is slow. The film is primarily a mood piece, but a very good one. Unlike the usual end-of-the-world thriller, the characters aren't facing any ghoulish monsters other than each other. This approach lends a striking realism to the movie.

Some of Haneke's films -- especially "Funny Games" -- are marred by heavy-handed social commentary. Happily, this is not a problem in "Time of the Wolf." One can always read politics into any allegory, but it is quite unnecessary in this film. I neither know nor care whether Haneke had a specific political situation in mind; what matters is that the resulting movie stands on its own as an artistic achievement.

8/10. Recommended for fans of grim, moody films.


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