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Time of the Wolf

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary, Featurette, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Isabelle Huppert stars in this tense post-apocalyptic drama, set in a world in which society has completely broken down. Anne (Huppert) flees the city with her husband and two children, hoping to find refuge at the family's country home. But when they arrive they realise they have made a terrible mistake, and must embark on a harrowing journey across a land devasted by disaster. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Time of the Wolf ( Le temps du loup )

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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Anaïs Demoustier, Béatrice Dalle, Patrice Chéreau, Hakim Taleb
  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Writers: Michael Haneke
  • Producers: Margaret Ménégoz, Michael Katz, Michael Weber, Veit Heiduschka
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Time of the Wolf" on IMDb

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Time of the Wolf (Le Temps du Loup) begins with an opening similar to Funny Games, also by Michael Haneke, where a family arrives to their vacation home where they are brutalized. The story is focused on the distressed Anna (Isabelle Huppert) and her two children, Ben and Eva, in a fallen civilization where they have to survive. However, the naive mother Anna slowly comes to the realization that there is no one willing to help them with their basic needs: water, food, and shelter. Disheartened the family continues to drift as they eventually find shelter in a small barn, but when Ben disappears they accidentally burn it down and they are once again without shelter. These catastrophic events continue with further predicaments as there seems to be no end to the family's suffering. The dark atmosphere grows gloomier as people exhibit xenophobia and extreme cynicism that colors radical religious beliefs in a tribal environment. This tribal environment becomes a foundation where women's rights regress to having minimal meaning such as when they must trade their body for what they need in order to survive. All these miserable events sum up the ending where the disturbing finale functions like a Phoenix raising from ashes.

Time of the Wolf is based on an ancient German poem about the time before the end of the world. This is not an exclusively German myth as folklore from the Vikings and Celts also associated the wolf with destruction and doom. In Time of the Wolf the director Haneke brings his vision of a present day apocalypse where the dark despair is brought to the audience in several ways. The opening credits begin with this darkness displayed on a black background without sound or music.
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Yesterday, I caught a film from 2002, French with subtitles, called Le Temps Du Loup: THE TIME OF THE WOLF.

It's a difficult film to watch, but I found myself utterly engrossed. There is no way I could turn off this film after the harrowing opening scene grabbed me completely:

A family of four, the Laurents, drive to their country home--mom, dad, son, daughter. Upon entering their cottage, they find that another family is squatting there: a man, his wife, and a boy. They are grim-faced and the man raises his rifle to the Laurents. As Mr. Laurent tries to be reasonable, speaking calmly, offering to share his food and water with the family, to work something out, the squatter shoots Laurent. We see blood splatter on the wife's face, played by Isabel Huppert.

The squatters take the supplies and cast the woman and children off with only a can of juice, some biscuits, what they are wearing and carrying in the mother's purse, and a bicycle.

Then we see the stricken woman-who is clearly in shock--visit the magistrate. He refuses to help--Don't you know what's happened? he says--and tells her to go away. Closes his door on the bereaved threesome. They knock on neighbor's doors in the village. None will open to her.

We know something is very, very wrong. She knows their names. They've been her neighbors for years. But none will let them in out of the cold night.

Yes, something is wrong, very wrong.

This is a film in the tradition of the post-apocalyptic story. Some sort of plague has hit this country (seems like France, but one could assume the wider world is stricken, at minimum Europe). Water is scarce.
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This is "the time of the wolf" in the sense that "the wolf is at the door." This is, of course, an old saying indicating that things are desperate. I am beginning with this for the benefit of anyone whose first thought is that this is a werewolf movie. That was my first impression at seeing the title and cover art. It is not a werewolf movie, nor is there any actual wolf of any kind in the movie. But times are desperate thus "the wolf is at the door," and times are desperate everywhere thus it is the "Time of the Wolf."

This movie reminds me of a book series I recently reviewed on In my review of "Sinking Sand; Grab the Pole", the first book of the series, I wrote:
"This is not your typical postapocalypic story:
First of all there is less physical destruction to the earth than in most postapocalypic stories. Worldwide terrorism attacks toppled the world governments, followed by a few months of total chaos..."

This movie does not explain anything about the apocalyptic event, but could easily be France during the first month or two after the attacks refereed to in the above referenced book series. One other similarity between the book series and this movie is that both focus on interpersonal relationships in the horrendous situation. That is, however, as far as the similarity goes; the stories move in separate ways with these major themes. But then America and France would probably move in different directions after such an event.
This movie follows one family during this time when civilization is crumbling and total chaos is a looming possibility.
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