The time preceding the apocalypse is known in Germanic mythology as the time of the wolves. Fleeing a disaster, a middle-class family travel to their countryside holiday home, believing themselves to be escaping the consequences of the general state of chaos, but they find it occupied by strangers.
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'Time of the Wolf' is post-apocalyptic in a way that only Haneke can produce, like nothing that's ever been done before. He drops his viewers into the middle of an unnamed time and place without any explanation as to what has happened, why or how long ago it happened. In all truth, these details are completely unnecessary to the film's structure, and to Haneke's message. It's largely a social commentary,...↓
Has a lot of shades of Tarkovsky. The ending is by far more hopeful and uplifting than is usual for Heneke. It doesn't reach the level of perfection that he reached with Cache, but there are some amazing moments. I need to watch more of his movies. He says that he rapes the viewer with his films, but here he doesn't force himself, it's more consensual and contemplative. Great stuff.
another near-masterpiece from Haneke. the most visually stunning of his films before 'the white ribbon'. his presentation of a post apocalyptic world is something Danny Boyle could only dream of. he investigates the gaps in society along the lines of race, nationality and gender. only some pacing problems hold the film back from a five star rating.
2.5 Starts out with a bang and then immediately loses steam, as though the rest of the movie were made just because the opening idea was so good. At times gets existentially stagey like a Sartre play. At times doesn't seem to know what to do except kill another animal. The ending fire was a beautiful scene; perhaps if that idea of misinterpreted myth had been pervasive throughout, the movie would have cohered more.
Not quite sure what this film aims at. There's an apocalypse of some sort in the background, but it's never mentioned what happened. Perhaps it's not important, but then why bother with it? The main topic seems to be the society in time of a crisis - we get to witness chaos, opportunism, factions, some weird religious/cult dementia. There are some hints of Tarkovsky-ish magic here and there, which is always good...
An at points captivating and mesmerizing continuation of Haneke's removal of trust in what it means to be human and one that cleverly fuses myth and tribal imagery to WWII, leading to apocalyptic chaos and making an explicit transference of bourgeois family and values to the state of being a migrant. Cinematically it partially works mainly in how its spatial stasis opens up time within the shot. Good but unconfident.