As you may know, Michael Haneke doesn’t make comfortable films; there was Funny Games, which I thought was almost physically painful to watch, and then he made The Piano Teacher, a shocking but compulsive experience starring Isabelle Huppert as a sexually repressed piano teacher who has a dysfunctional relationship with her mother. And the rest of the world. Time of the Wolf is disconcerting, although not quite in the same class as The Piano Teacher.
This filmmaker takes no prisoners, cinematically speaking. His work is disturbing and grim. Be warned, Time of the Wolf is a parable with no softening touches. A major, unknown catastrophe has made people turn primitive in the ugliest sense: selfish. Burning livestock litter the countryside. Confused and terrified, the middle class family, or what’s left of it, seeks to escape but also to find new roots. It’s a disaster movie with a difference, and the allegorical elements are evident, but Haneke doesn’t make it easy. We suffer with his characters as they endure the time of the wolf, when survival is imperative, the hunters are king and the meek shall inherit nothing.
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