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Time of the Wolf

From the director of The Piano Teacher

Time of the Wolf
A family arrives at their weekend home and discovers a petrified man and woman hiding inside. A shot rings out, and after an impromptu burial, Anna (Isabelle Huppert) and her two children take to the road, where an unaddressed catastrophe (disease, war, famine--it doesn’t really matter in the end) has compromised the French landscape and eats away at the country’s social order. Haneke’s use of Scope is outstanding, and the film’s first quarter is frighteningly Medieval. Via a series of startlingly composed long shots, he tests the will (and love) of a grieving mother and daughter with only the eternal darkness of a dying world. Haneke’s austere images depict terrified citizens of the world clinging to the logic and rituals of the modern world even though the film’s unspecified darkness pummels them into a lawless vortex. If Haneke wants us to think of that caveman who first learned to master fire, he’s succeeded. Where there is light there is life. It’s a mantra that truly resonates to the very last frame of the film. Source: Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine.

Time of the Wolf

Sun November 21, 2004, 7:00 & 9:30, Muenzinger Auditorium

Germany/Canada, 2002, in English, Color, 87 min, Not Rated

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