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TIME OF THE WOLF

SYNOPSIS:
A bourgeois family arrive at their weekend home in the country, only to find that the house is already occupied by another family. Within the space of a few minutes, father Georges (Daniel Duval) has been shot dead, their car and supplies seized, and mother Anna (Isabelle Huppert), teenage daughter Eva (Anaïs Demoustier) and 10 year-old son Ben (Lucas Biscombe) are forced out into the night to fend for themselves. Their desperate journey takes them through a hostile, post-apocalyptic landscape littered with dead livestock. Eventually joined by a teenage runaway (Hakim Taleb), the family proceeds to a derelict railway depot where they join a fragile group of survivors awaiting a passing train to transport them to a better place.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
As you may know, Michael Haneke doesn't make comfortable films; there was Funny Games, which I thought was almost physically painful to watch, and then he made The Piano Teacher, a shocking but compulsive experience starring Isabelle Huppert as a sexually repressed piano teacher who has a dysfunctional relationship with her mother. And the rest of the world. Time of the Wolf is disconcerting, although not quite in the same class as The Piano Teacher.

This filmmaker takes no prisoners, cinematically speaking. His work is disturbing and grim. Be warned, Time of the Wolf is a parable with no softening touches. A major, unknown catastrophe has made people turn primitive in the ugliest sense: selfish. Burning livestock litter the countryside. Confused and terrified, the middle class family, or what's left of it, seeks to escape but also to find new roots. It's a disaster movie with a difference, and the allegorical elements are evident, but Haneke doesn't make it easy. We suffer with his characters as they endure the time of the wolf, when survival is imperative, the hunters are king and the meek shall inherit nothing.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TIME OF THE WOLF (MA)
(France, 2003)

(Le temps du loup)

CAST: Isabelle Huppert, Beatrice Dalle, Patrice Chereau, Rona Hartner, Maurice Benichou, Olivier Gourmet, Brigitte Rouan, Lucas Biscombe, Anaïs Demoustier, Hakim Taleb

PRODUCER: Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz

DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke

SCRIPT: Michael Haneke

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jurgen Jurges

EDITOR: Nadine Muse, Monika Willi

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Christoph Kanter

RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Melbourne: November 10, 2005 (Released as part of European Masters Showcase, including Life is a Miracle, The 5 Obstructions, Tickets.)







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