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Time of the Wolf (2003)
"Le temps du loup" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 October 2003 (France)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Laurent
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Rona Hartner ...
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Brigitte Roüan ...
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Hakim Taleb ...
Young runaway
Serge Riaboukine ...
The leader
Maryline Even ...
Mme Azoulay
Florence Loiret Caille ...
Nathalie Azoulay (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
Branko Samarovski ...
Daniel Duval ...
Georges Laurent


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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

Time of the Wolf  »

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$7,560 (USA) (25 June 2004)


$61,439 (USA) (6 August 2004)

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"Temps Du Loup" is probably Michael Haneke's most successful attempt at presenting his bleak outlook on mankind.

Vaguely set in a post-apocalyptic world, the film works both ways: a. at isolating various institutions and values (society, family, religion) outside of their normal environment, and therefore analyzing them more thoroughly; b. as an exercise in evoking beautiful imagery out of spartan and plain settings.

While the first is certainly no new ground for Haneke (the storyline is less complex than his previous effort, "La Pianiste", yet the scope is much grander), the second means that this is his most cinematic and elegant effort yet.

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