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Time of the Wolf [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Isabelle Huppert , Anaïs Demoustier , Michael Haneke    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Anaïs Demoustier, Béatrice Dalle, Patrice Chéreau, Hakim Taleb
  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Writers: Michael Haneke
  • Producers: Margaret Ménégoz, Michael Katz, Michael Weber, Veit Heiduschka
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062134E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,475 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fable for a post-apocalyptic world 10 Sep 2009
'Time of the Wolf' is one of Michael Haneke's less-heralded masterpieces and, in my opinion one of his best. The drama unfolds amid anonymous countryside in northern France where Parisians Anne (Huppert),her husband Georges and their two children have fled an un-named disaster.

The family's world unravels in a single brutal moment and the ensuing quest for sanctuary is a compelling human drama enacted with economy and understatement even when emotions are fierce and raw.

While we recognise how thin the veneer of civilisation can be when society breaks down the narrative of Haneke's film also subtley demonstrates the collective urge to organise and for natural leaders to emerge as a fundamental human trait.

Running through the film is a narrative thread, a post-apocalyptic fable, which informs the film's shocking but powerfully humane denouement.

The film is without music and the cinematography is artful but unobtrusive allowing the audience to focus on some superbly naturalistic performances including those of Huppert and especially Anais Demoustier who plays Eva, the young teenage daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful reflection 4 July 2012
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Thought provoking, reflective, showing both the best and worst sides of humanity, stretching the characters across dimensions rather than compressing them into composites.

A world has collapsed, but not completely, the supply centres have been thwarted. A slow film for those requiring car chases and big bangs, this offers none, just the day to day struggle of a social world that has stopped rather than been obliterated. So no mad max stunts, or lord of the flies manhunts, other elements of both are gently integrated rather than obviously built upon.

Reminds me of the Survivors series of 1970's Britain, as we are led into the woods and barren fields of the countryside, as elements of the french round up emerge, along with paranoia.

The ending becomes another question, but given that Haneke asks deep psychological questions rather than states the obvious, the film has to be worked out to individual taste rather than the viewer being forced fed rusks to help with a smooth diet. This way the film lingers rather than evapourates.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After the end of the world 6 Sep 2008
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
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After an unspecified event that has apparently cut most lines of communication except radio, a family leaves town to go to their weekend home. But the weekend home has been invaded by another family, and the father of the family is killed by the squatters, who take the family's supplies and shelter, forcing them to move on nomadically through the countryside. They meet a young boy who steals and raids corpses for whatever he can scavenge and then join a group of people waiting at a railway station for a train to take them somewhere else.

This is an end of the world story, but it eschews Mad Max style action to look at human reactions, from the mother slowly coming apart, to the daughter who fights on, to the young boy who suffers in silence. The world quickly loses its laws and its justice and life becomes squalid. And so the story feels realistic, feels like this is how things would go if the world ended. Which of course means that it is also a microcosm of our life today.

It's a dark little tale, which only shows a little hope in the human kindnesses that are done. It's rife with little biblical touches, and the sudden explosion in population suggests it is also human history potted into a little under two hours.

If you want laughs or action, you won't get it. But if you want a human drama, intended to make you think about how we live our lives, then you should be pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the Best Post-Apocalyptic sequences ever.
You may have to watch it a few times to get the important, small charisms out.
You know it is right but what would I do in that situation; we like to think we'd be our best and to be the best means moral and noble; but how well do we really know ourselves? To live on day by day like those in the Warsaw Ghetto before the Aktions is akin to this.
Real love? Not sure if I can put that into words but this film goes some way to put it into actions.
Brilliant Director; Thanks Mr Haneke!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to learn to interpret 10 Mar 2008
What has happened to the world? Why did they leave the City and which City? If you like a film which flows in a nice narrative style then this film is not for you. Haneke wants you to interpret his film and indeed he refuses to interpret it for you. Much of the action takes place beside a railway with a gathering of people whose world has changed. They are waiting for a train that may never arrive and rescue them. The final scenes are an landscape empty of people and animals. But hangon this is my interpretaton yours may well be better. Try it, the experience is worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Temps de loup 14 Mar 2012
This is a great realistic account of a post appocalyptic world set within well off western society, swathed in symbolism, depicting how humanity copes when pushed to the edge of destruction. As with real life there is no real beginning or end it is your job to depict the hidden messages and meanings. This is no Hollywood dramatisation and don't expect it to be, it has charming tonal qualities that may cause some viewers to fall asleep, but to those more astute it proves an interesting watch. In light of recent events regarding Fukushima, Haneke's decision to hide what happened before the film becomes more prominent, you don't need to much persuasion to accept these circumstances as a potential reality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More Animal Slaughter From Haneke.........yawn
Interesting Haneke film, puzzling and perhaps I have been duped yet again! Haneke has this habit of making me feel that I have just been exploited yet again. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by Steve W
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Unique
As someone who is on occasion drawn to a post-apocalyptic, dystopian setting for books and films, I can't say "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" pops into my head when I think of "Time... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by S. K.
1.0 out of 5 stars Look somewhere else
This film bathes in boredom, whether it was Michael Haneke's choice - or a lack of funding, this drab affair is a long yawn; filled with brow bending "discoveries" of human nature,... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by D.T.Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic times
Haneke depicts a post-Apocalyptic France. He conceals the cause and gives no answers. This is a mute end of world aftermath. Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by technoguy
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of the Time
Refugees from an unspecified crisis in an unnamed country wait for a train that may or may not arrive to take them who knows where. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2008 by Mulwharchar
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