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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.

Director:

Michael Haneke

Writer:

Michael Haneke

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Anne Laurent
Béatrice Dalle ... Lise Brandt
Patrice Chéreau ... Thomas Brandt
Rona Hartner ... Arina
Maurice Bénichou ... M. Azoulay
Olivier Gourmet ... Koslowski
Brigitte Roüan Brigitte Roüan ... Béa
Lucas Biscombe Lucas Biscombe ... Ben Laurent
Hakim Taleb Hakim Taleb ... Young runaway
Anaïs Demoustier ... Eva Laurent
Serge Riaboukine ... The leader
Maryline Even Maryline Even ... Mme Azoulay
Florence Loiret Caille ... Nathalie Azoulay (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
Branko Samarovski Branko Samarovski ... Policeman
Daniel Duval ... Georges Laurent
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Storyline

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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Michael Haneke: [character name] Isabelle Huppert's character is named Anne Laurent. See more »

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Haneke and Hobbes
31 January 2005 | by rogiervanreekumSee all my reviews

It is funny to me how a lot of people react to this movie. It seems they feel that this movie shows us decadent westerners what living in more impoverished and exploited parts of the globe is like. Well, it's a very fine film, but that certainly not what it's about. To reduce every artistic expression to world affairs is a rather shameless exposition of western self-guilt and political correctness. Now, there is enough to be ashamed about, but why should that always be connected to artistic expressions of western artists. Please stop politicizing everything. Le Temps du Loup is not about the third world, anyone who thinks that third world countries look any thing like what is happening in Haneke's film is out of his/her mind. News flash, people in the third world actually life daily, relatively stable lives, notwithstanding rampant poverty and high levels of violence and unsafety. What we see in Le Temps du Loup is what Hobbes means by "State of Nature", a lawless, non-dominated society. What Haneke shows in minute detail (and in that lies his greatest accomplishment) is that human connection, trust and intimacy is always in some senses based on dominating practices that stabilize the uncertainties and risks of interacting and competing with others in a shared social environment. The ambiguous status of the Koslowski character is a case in point, are his actions justifiable or is he just an exploitative oppressor? Same for the horse, but now in a more confronting way, because the line between fact and fiction is crossed. So Temps du Loup is an analysis of human co-habitation of any human society. Art is not political, what we do with it is.


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French | Romanian

Release Date:

8 October 2003 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,560, 27 June 2004

Gross USA:

$61,439

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$499,149
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