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Time of the Wolf back to product details

A strong film with some troubling scenes
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written by textheavy February 14, 2006 - 11:01 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
There is footage in this film of a horse being shot in the head and its throat being slit with a knife. If this would upset you, you should avoid this film.

If you can get past this, you are in for a bleak, tense film that starts with an unimaginably horrible and shocking situation, and settles into a steady story of little hope and much desperation.

Not to say that it isn't a fascinating portrayal of the veneer of civilization suddenly cracking and falling away. There is much in this film that makes it worth watching, especially for anyone who loves stories in which society breaks down and people are left to struggle with their own morality while they weigh the value of community.


A little hope this time?
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written by brakhage March 7, 2005 - 1:31 PM PST
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Another sunny adventure with the Austrian master of doom Michael Haneke, reunited here with The Piano Teacher's Isabelle Huppert who's one of the best and most intense actresses alive. In the DVD extras Huppert and Haneke talk about how they wanted to make this film together before The Piano Teacher, but decided to do that film first since they couldn't get funding at the time for this one. They also talk about the film's underlying humanity, which is a new development in Haneke's work - the strangest thing about this film is how well everyone keeps it together in the face of the (unspecified) apocalypse. (I would not say this means the film is Haneke Lite, as there is a lot of traumatic stuff, which is typical for him, concerned as he is with what happens when the niceties of civilization are stripped away from people.) The editing rhythm is still extremely disjointed, with each transition from one major scene to the next happening at a moment to maximize shock and confusion, which to me is one of the more interesting things he does - but since I've seen just about everything he's done, I'm a bit jaded and was expecting those shock cuts (Code Unknown makes really nice use of this technique). The extras feature footage from a cameraman wandering around watching Haneke work, which is a treat even if it doesn't really qualify as a documentary, since nobody is really interviewed or even miked closely. The Haneke and Huppert interviews are interesting only to see that Haneke is a pretty jolly guy. Time of the Wolf didn't floor me like The Seventh Continent or Funny Games, but it's still a decent film from one of the more interesting directors working.

Miscellaneous scenes from some other film
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written by WReynolds January 3, 2005 - 8:56 AM PST
2 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Appears to be constructed of understandably deleted scenes from some other film.

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