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Wolf (2004)

El Lobo (original title)
In the 1970s, Spanish dictatorship's secret service recruited a construction worker to infiltrate the Basque separatist underground and become a mole for the fascist state.

Director:

Miguel Courtois

Writer:

Antonio Onetti
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Noriega ... José María 'Txema' Loigorry / El Lobo
Jose Coronado ... Ricardo (as José Coronado)
Mélanie Doutey ... Amaia
Silvia Abascal ... Begoña
Santiago Ramos ... Pantxo
Patrick Bruel ... Nelson
Jorge Sanz ... Asier
Manuel Zarzo ... Matías
Fernando Cayo ... Txino
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Comandante Palacios
Roger Pera Roger Pera ... Mediometro
José Luis García Pérez ... Mejía (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Chema Muñoz Chema Muñoz ... Arrieta
Antonio Ferrera Antonio Ferrera ... Reto (as Antonio Ferreira)
Juan Polanco Juan Polanco ... Gordo
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Storyline

Based on a true story. In the 70's, during the last stages of Franco's dictatorship, Txema, a basque construction worker, is arrested because of his connection to some terrorists who have just committed a murder. The secret service see in him an ideal candidate to infiltrate the terrorist band ETA and become a mole, so they try to offer him a deal if he will do so. At first he's not too interested, but his financial problems (probably caused by the secret service itself) finally force him to take their money and accept the mission. He adopts the undercover name of "Lobo" (Wolf) and becomes an active member of the band, making all the right connections until he reaches the top and acquires the trust of its leaders. In the process, he discovers that the group has deep internal divisions between those who want to abandon the armed fight and become just a political party, and those who want to keep the terrorist activity until they can proclaim the independence of the Basque country. ... Written by pablomontoya@wanadoo.es

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eta | terrorism | spain | See All (3) »

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a brief scene of graphic sexual content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Eduardo Noriega had to work hard for several months before the shooting started in order to speak with the strong Basque Country accent required for his character. See more »

Goofs

On chapter 5 of the DVD, almost at minute 19 of the film, a caption says it's 1973. There's a wedding and while Amaia sings (00:20:33) we can see a cymbal in the background, whose brand is Sabian. This brand was founded in Canada in 1981. See more »

Quotes

Nelson: You know what's that?
José María Loygorri, 'Txema': A bullet.
Nelson: I always keep one of these... for traitors.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version 125 min. and extended version 134 min. See more »

Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

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20th Century Boy
Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by Marc Bolan & T. Rex
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Our very own political thriller
20 November 2004 | by newland80See all my reviews

Although political thrillers are habitual in American cinema, Spanish cinema has been less inclined to translate our past and present conflicts into film. The conflict with Basque separatist group ETA has been depicted a bunch of times in the last few decades, but very seldom as acutely as Miguel Courtois does with "El Lobo".

Based on the true story of a Basque man who managed to reach ETA's highest leaders undercover, the film presents a poignant vision of the Basque conflict which is neither black nor white. This has so many shades and gray areas that the viewer has no other option than to give it second thoughts.

Eduardo Noriega has proved himself as a worthy leading man in the past, and his Basque accent here is more than acceptable. The supporting cast benefits from a few great actors playing bit parts (Roger Pera, Saturnino García...) but many of the important supporting characters are clichéd or underwritten (what can Silvia Abascal do with her character?).

The writing is brave and raises important questions, which is a point in favor. However, they could have avoided a few stereotypes with some advise from just anyone familiar with the Basque Country. In any case, this is a worthy film and worth watching if only for the value of the questions it raises.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A farkas See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Budget:

EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,887,193
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2.35 : 1
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