Time of the Wolf
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This movie reminds me of a book series I recently reviewed on Amazon.com. 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.Read more ›
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This is a very civilized end of civilization movie. Is it a thoughtful film - no. Is it worth seeing - no. Is it terrible - no. Is it worth avoiding - no. Read morePublished 9 months ago by bearclawthedonut
This is a movie about an unknown apocalyptic catastrophy and its impact on a family, people around them, and the region. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gary W. Phelps
French director/screenwriter Michael Haneke, as he did with "White Ribbon (2009) and "Amour" (2012), provides a glimpse of what might come later in this depressing, if perhaps... Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Oleson
Michael Haneke hates all of us so eagerly it makes his pupils dilate and hands tremble. He insists cruelty, brutality, greed, and dishonesty will consume every heart. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by mr. contrarian
In TIME OF THE WOLF, a woman (Isabelle Huppert) struggles to keep herself and her two children alive. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
To survive, a family left a city for a native countryside in which experienced tragic events and an unbelievable hardship simply reflecting human affairs (or, rather homo sapiens... Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
Sometimes I wonder why directors and producers choose to commit certain action to celluloid. This is one of those films. All I can ask is WTF?!?! Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Rex Mundi
Time of the Wolf is the second film directed by Michael Haneke and starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, but this one is very different from The Piano Teacher, made two years... Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by Zarathustra
By reading the other reviews you get the idea about the nuts and bolts of this film, so I won't belabor the details. What am I trying to do/accomplish then? Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by fCh