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Director:
Writer:
Michael Haneke (writer)
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Release Date:
8 October 2003 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A hard view, but one that rewards in aesthetics See more (70 total) »

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Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke  writer

Produced by
Veit Heiduschka .... producer
Michael Katz .... executive producer
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
 
Film Editing by
Nadine Muse 
Monika Willi 
 
Casting by
Markus Schleinzer 
 
Production Design by
Christoph Kanter 
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
 
Costume Design by
Lisy Christl 
 
Makeup Department
Nikolaj Espinosa Bach .... makeup artist
Elzbieta Bumbul .... makeup artist
Ellen Just .... makeup artist
Claus Lulla .... makeup artist
Stéphane Malheu .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fabien Courage .... unit manager
Roman Haschberger .... unit manager
Nathalie Nghet .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katharina Biró .... second assistant director
Hanus Polak Jr. .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Ecker .... property master: outdoor
 
Sound Department
Sophie Chiabaut .... boom operator
Philippe Dongé .... sound mix technician
William Franck .... reshoot sound recordist
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Jakob Schäfer .... boom operator
Guillaume Sciama .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Peter Hric .... stunts
Roman Jankovic .... stunt rider
Michael Sandala .... horse wrangler
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carol Burandt von Kameke .... second assistant camera
Christoph Grasser .... camera trainee
Oliver Haas .... best boy electric
Marcus Kanter .... additional assistant camera
Oliver Lechner .... assistant camera
Wolfgang Lederer .... dolly
Andre Mayerhofer .... lighting technician
Jörg Mohr .... gaffer
Christoph Nickel .... gaffer
Gerald Piesch .... clapper loader
Robert Stopfer .... first assistant camera
Volker Vahl .... lighting technician
Markus Veh .... lighting technician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Martin Zoigner .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Raluca Jacono-Muntean .... casting assistant
Raluca Jacono-Muntean .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitte Fink .... wardrobe
Barbara Hägele .... wardrobe
Evelyn Thell .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Alarich Lenz .... assistant editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
 
Transportation Department
Eva Jürgens .... production driver
 
Other crew
Nouma Bordj .... production assistant
Amira Chemakhi .... production accountant: France
Jean-Baptiste Filleau .... continuity
Peter Hric .... horse master
Raluca Jacono-Muntean .... dialogue coach
Ulrike Lässer .... production coordinator
Mathias Mayer .... set manager
Christa Preisinger .... production accountant
Erell Tanguy .... production secretary
Karl Lang .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le temps du loup" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence, language and sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
114 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Michael Haneke] [character name]Isabelle Huppert's character is named Anne Laurent.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end, Ben's nose is bleeding and he is awake and crying. He wipes the blood from his face and more blood seems to run from his nose across his cheek - but when he sniffs and his cheek moves, the stream of blood does not move with the cheek.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A hard view, but one that rewards in aesthetics, 29 November 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

If, at the start of Time of the Wolf, you are aware of Michael Haneke's 1997 shocker, Funny Games, you may believe that this film will be treading similar grounds. Opening the film, the 2 point 4 children Laurent family arrive at their holiday shack in the wilderness of an undisclosed location. On entering, they are confronted with a man holding a shotgun towards them (his own family peering from behind him). After demanding that they hand over any goods they have, he shoots the father (Daniel Duval) dead. However, unlike the familial hostages of Funny Games, the remaining Laurent's make their way to a local for help, and the audience is startled by the matriarch, Anne's (Isabelle Huppert), admission that they had buried the father. We are certainly not in the regular world; this place is different, a point that is further exacerbated when Anne is asked if she is aware of what is going on.

Time of the Wolf is unfamiliar territory concerning its central concept of a post-apocalyptic landscape. Whilst the catalyst for this disaster (?) is never revealed, there is no indication of the generic science fiction tropes of disaster. No zombie/alien, or natural catastrophe's are highlighted. The ambiguity of the nature of the devastation creates a tension that is completely absent from the ordinary, explicit films of this nature. As the family trudge their way through the countryside, they cross the distinct furnaces of bonfires, sometimes the only light source in the darkness - at one time the legs of burning cow carcasses protrude from a fire. Their final stop, a building inhabited by "survivors" waiting for a train that may never arrive.

Perhaps Time of the Wolf states more about the consumer society we live in today. The shackles of consumption, and the artefacts of the modern world become useless in this context. Jewels and watches are pointless commodities, whilst lighters, water and clothing are worthy of exchange. Maybe the apocalypse is the result of dwindling resources, a reality that Earth will have to face in the future (perhaps the near), where agriculture, manufacture and natural fuel have all but disappeared. With this lack of resources, comes the desperation of the people, bringing out the worst in humanity. The strong male figures take control, whilst women are often reduced to trading in sex, and are largely marginalised in the fold. Our natural affinity as pack animals falls apart, and xenophobia erupts, targeting anything that might break the monotony and fraught situation.

With a distilled colour pallet, often only lit with fire, and the bleak wilderness of fog, Haneke creates a realistic world, heaving with pain and anxiety. His precise camera movements and compositions frame the disaster as beauty. Time of the Wolf would probably not suit the regular sci-fi frequenter of post-apocalypse, it does not present itself with the same signifiers and does not portray the Hollywood hero or saviour, and it absolutely does not offer the resolution that most would need to be satisfied with. This is the hopelessness of humanity in all of its desperation, with the modern luxuries obliterated, and reduced by the lack of necessities. But with this bleakness comes horror, and the complexities of humanity. It is a hard view, but one that rewards in aesthetics, and the confluence of characters.

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