The Wild Hunt
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When Erik s girlfriend leaves him for another man a man entrenched in the world of live action role play he has no choice but to pack up and follow her, plunging himself into a strange and disorienting world where people take their medieval costumes and rules of play deadly serious. As Erik stumbles through this world, rules are broken, jealousies inflamed, and the game turns frighteningly real. With THE WILD HUNT director Alexandre Franchi accomplishes the near impossible, crafting a dark and twisting thriller set entirely in the world of LARPing. Shot on location in an actual Quebec village built specifically for Live Action Role Play (LARP), THE WILD HUNT blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
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The story charts the progression of Erik. When his aloof girlfriend starts to become more distant, he attempts to reinvigorate their bond. But she has been caught up with a new man in the fantasy world of weekend game play. Following her to a big tournament (in which his brother plays a prominent role), he soon finds himself an unwitting part of the game. His only hope to communicate with her soon becomes a love quest as he assumes the role of a Viking hero. Real feelings, jealousy, and pride soon infect the fantasy realm and quitting the game isn't as easy as it would seem. In fact, as tensions rise, a real danger starts to bubble to the surface. But how will it manifest itself? And who, if anyone, will remain immune to the escalating tension?Read more ›
Here's the scoop. Erik is taking care of his deteriorating father. His girlfriend has left him to hook up with the king of a Live Action Role Playing ensemble. He heads to the roll playing compound to win her back. They are in the midst of a game which stretches out over days. Eric's brother, Bjorn, (who has abandoned Erik in regard to father care responsibilities) is also a role player. Together they try to make all things right.
This movie is amazing in its own right. As others have mentioned, a large amount of respect is paid to the players. They retreat to this world and give it everything they've got while involved. They are organized. They have a well built compound for the games. They have walkie-talkies for communication. They have referees and judges if something needs to be ruled upon. And they party hard when the day's games have finished. The film makers, though, do juxtapose them to the real world and don't shy away from showing that there is a certain amount of silliness to it all. You see this duality in the girlfriend, Lyn, (played by a very fetching Kaniehtiio Horn) who is at once drawn to the splendor and magnificence of it all, but put off when the fantasy is played too strongly. There are hints as to where all this is headed. You have two men in two worlds both vying for the same woman. Something has to give and it does so in brutal fashion. Things do escalate and things do get out of hand. The climax is both sad and horrifying.Read more ›
In some ways, The Wild Hunt resembles The Wicker Man (the original, mind you): the main character slowly descends from the modern, rationalist world into the pre-modern, mythic world.
This is a low budget production, reportedly half a million dollars, and sometimes it shows, but that actually fits the story and the premise. Human imagination is so powerful that costumes cobbled together from thrift stores and foam-and-duct-tape swords can be create an entirely alternate reality, one where we can believe in heroes and villains and true love.
Just as The Lord of the Rings ends with the departure of the elves from Middle Earth, the loss of their grace, this story ends with the breaking of the law that made this strange and beautiful place possible. It is quite literally the end of _a_ world, and pack an unexpected punch.
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Movie starts off slowly, then picks up steam as the darkness descends.Published 11 months ago by Rob Batchelor
The movie is mostly set in a live action role play (LARP) event, and it embraces the nerdy escapism required to participate in LARPing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mario
At first glance this movie may appear to be about LARP. If you get through the whole film and you still think that's what it's about, I think you've missed the point.Published 23 months ago by J. Jech
Yes it has a meandering plot, unlikable main characters, and incomprehensible violence towards the end... Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Gyub, Lord of the Pit
Had to buy this after seeing it on netflix. I keep watching it. Just dark enough to make it sit with you. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by Michael Wilson
Erik Magnusson is living a hopeless life. He is barely out of his teens but the pressures of earning enough money to survive, and caring for his senile ailing father, have... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by West Mountain
I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR A HISTORICAL MEDIEVAL MOVIE WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS LITTLE GEM. I'M A DIE-HARD MEDIEVALIST AND HORROR FAN, SO I WAS INTRIGUED BY THE TRAILER AND DECIDED... Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by MS. VIKING PRINCESS