This movie is based on three short stories from the same book, which are all experienced from the view point of an 8 year old boy, Moncho, but which are otherwise scarcely related. The story of the school teacher is touchingly portrayed, and Moncho is central to this story, but the story of the dog and the story of the wolf woman contain events which Moncho watches rather than participates in, and could perhaps have been better told from a closer viewpoint.
The three stories themselves are simple but twisted, like the best of Don Camillo. The film seems understated, at least when observed through the English subtitles, and the adult characters seem deliberately underdeveloped.
The English subtitles are poor, at times dialog is missing, and at times the translation was literally correct but could have better reflected the empathy of the character.
Overall this is a rewarding and thought provoking movie. Although this lacks the beautiful score of Malena, Butterfly's Tongue should appeal to the same audience.