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Time of the Wolf(Le temps du loup)

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France, Austria, Germany · 2003
Rated R · 1h 53m
Director Michael Haneke
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Patrice Chéreau, Brigitte Roüan, Daniel Duval
Genre Drama

In a world reeling after an unknown disaster leads to the breakdown of civilization, Anna and her family have fled the city to their holiday country house, only to find it occupied by strangers. The resulting conflict is the catalyst for one family's struggle for survival in a cold, unkind wilderness.

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In the somewhat muted lead role, Huppert really is a marvel.


New York Daily News by Jami Bernard

Time of the Wolf is grounded so deeply in the reality of society gone awry that the anxiety faced by Isabelle Huppert's character as she struggles to keep her family together transfers onto the audience and never leaves.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Haneke is still a masterful director, and his authority carries this well-acted and attractively shot account of a family from an unnamed city trying to survive in the sticks after an unspecified catastrophe.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Moviegoers expecting a conventional sci-fi fantasy will be disappointed; Haneke never explains the vague disaster, nor does he offer any definitive solution.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

In today's digital bog of empty light and marketing deceptions, this is what early-millennium Euro art-film masterpieces feel like--lean, qualmish, abstracted to the point of parable but as grounded as a gravedigging.


Variety by Scott Foundas

Haneke demonstrates profound insight into the essence of human behavior when all humility is pared away, raw panic and despair are the order of the day, and man becomes more like wolf than man.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

Haneke has become known as a dour modern master of cinematic pain, and in this movie he scrubs civilization down to the root level.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Haneke's images are so bold and riveting and the characters' emotions are so raw that the lack of a few details doesn't matter.

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