Brotherhood of the WolfDirector: Christophe Gans, Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Émilie Dequenne
French legend has it that a creature known as the Beast of Gevaudan -- a huge, wolf-like monster -- was responsible for the violent deaths of over 100 persons in the mid-18th century, and this horror fantasy blends the lore of this fabled beast with a story of two men who set out to capture it. After a number of mutilated corpses begin appearing across the French countryside, naturalist Chevalier Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) is dispatched by the King to find and capture the animal responsible for the killings. Mani (Mark Dacascos), an Indian from Canada and an experienced hand in the wilds, is hired to assist de Fronsac in his work. Gregoire's assignment earns him the acquaintance of Marianne de Morangias (Emilie Dequenne), the lovely daughter of the idly wealthy Count de Morangias (Jean Yanne), but Gregoire receives a much chillier welcome from her brother Jean-Francois (Vincent Cassel), who, despite having lost an arm to a lion in Africa, is quite the huntsman himself. As Gregoire and Mani arrive in the village of Gevaudan, they're drawn to a local house of prostitution, where the animalistic allure and supernatural powers of Sylvia (Monica Bellucci) prove to have a profound effect on the naive Gregoire. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provided the special-effects expertise for the creation of the Beast of Gevaudan.
The Brotherhood of the Wolf plays like an explosion at the genre factory.
May be the most purely entertaining foreign-language crossover since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Lou Lumenick
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Cast & Crew
|Samuel Le Bihan||Gregoire de Fronsac|
|Émilie Dequenne||Marianne de Morangias|
|Vincent Cassel||Jean-Francois de Morangias|
|Jérémie Renier||Thomas d'Apcher|
|Jean Yanne||Le Comte de Morangias|
|Jean-François Stévenin||Henri Sardis|
|Hans Meyer||Marquis d'Apcher|
|Edith Scob||Mme. De Morangias|
|Jacques Perrin||Thomas Age|
|Virginie Darmon||La Bavarde|
|Philippe Nahon||Jean Chastel|
|Eric Prat||Capitaine Duhamel|
|Jean-Loup Wolff||Duc de Moncan|
|Jean-Paul Farré||Pere Georges|
|Frankye Pain||La Tessier|
|Nicolas Vaude||Maxime des Forets|
|Nicky Naude||La Felure|
|Karin Kristrom||Bergere du Rocher|
|Michel Puterflam||Eveque de Mende|
|Charles Maquignon||Valet Maison Teissier|
|Jean-Pierre Jackson||Noble Diner|
|Christian Marc||Serviteur Thomas Age|
|Max Delor||Noble Age|
|Christian Adam||Noble Age|
|Gaelle Cohen||La Loutre|
|Virginie Arnaud||La Pintade|
|Isabelle Le Nouvel||Brunette Prostitute|
|Albane Fioretti||Prostitutees Tessier|
|Clarice Plasteig||Prostitutees Tessier|
|Edit Cassou||Prostitutees Tessier|
|Pierre Castagne||Cecile's Father|
|Eric Laffitte||Un Villageois|
|Eric Delcourt||Camp Beauterne's Help|
|Christelle Droy||Bergere Dollines|
|Andres Fuentes||Paysan Chaumiere|
|David Bogino||Lanceur de Couteaux|
|Emmanuel Booz||Officer Bucher|
|Pascal Laugier||Machemort's Assistant|
|Thierry Alais||Camera Operator|
|Damien Auriol||Camera Operator|
|Nicolas Becker||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Stephane Birzin||Camera Operator|
|Dominique Borg||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Maurice Bricler||Camera Operator|
|Christine Brottes||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Stephane Cabel||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Sylvie Campi||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Mike Casserley||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Nathalie Causse||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ursula Paredes Choto||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Nobby Clark||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Paul Clayton||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Magali Gineau De Lyon||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Pascal Delaunay||Camera Operator|
|Severine Demaret||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Georges Demetreau||Special Effects|
|Patrick Dodd||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Anne Marie Drean||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Joseph Lo Duca||Score Composer|
|Gilles Floquet||Camera Operator|
|Dominique Fourny||Camera Operator|
|Guy-Claude Francois||Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design|
|Eric Gallet||Camera Operator|
|Pierre Garnier||Camera Operator|
|Philippe Garnier||Camera Operator|
|Jean Pierre Gesbert||Camera Operator|
|Elsa Le Guichard||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Morgan Hildebrand||Makeup Special Effects|
|Jan Gagnaire Hochstein||Camera Operator|
|Bob Hollow||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Cyril Holtz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Alexis Kinebanyan||Makeup Special Effects|
|Erik Larsen||Camera Operator|
|Alexandre Lassere||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Sophie Lebret||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Benoit Lestang||Makeup Special Effects|
|Laurent Martin||Camera Operator|
|Brigitte Masson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Katrina Mattingley||Executive Producer|
|Pierre-Yves Le Mee||Camera Operator|
|Gerald Mignotte||Makeup Special Effects|
|Marie Morel||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Tina Morel||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jean-Paul Mugel||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Annie Paris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Leslie Shatz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Antoine Simkine||Executive Producer|
|Benjamin Speyer||Camera Operator|
|Lionel Steketee||Asst. Director|
|Jean Pierre Villeneuve||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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This is a great movie, although it moved a little more slowly than I expected. I can't believe they're selling it for so much here. The same three disc set has been available through North American DVD and HMV for about $30 for a couple of weeks already. I don't get it.
This movie is great if you can get through the first scene. I loved it and I make all my friends watch this movie. You have to watch it in French, the language gives the movie more depth.
This film was in limited release since it is a French language film with English subtitles. That's too bad because many horror and sci-fi fans missed this underrated film. The DVD release should reach a wider audience because of the English audio track. High production values, above average acting, interesting charactors, atmospheric, martial arts, mystery-thriller with above average special effects. Highly recommended for fans of horror, martial arts and sci-fi. Rated R for graphic violence.
The indian guy was SO COOL! his tattoos are awesome! but yeah the movie was good. fun to watch.
I really think that this movie was not given as much credit as it deserves. It is a awesome combination of action, sci-fi, thriller, and mystery movie. If this movie was dubbed in English for it's theater release, it would not be as effective as it was in French with english subtitles. Actually reading was was happening, instead of listening, you were able to understand the movie. I think the whole atmosphere would be destroyed with dubbed english. I definatly recommend this movie to anyone that loves action movie, this one has some of the best!
This movie is perhaps the best movie i have ever seen. I really enjoyed it. The dvd releas (3 disk collectors edition from canada has many great features). Not a movie to miss.
this is one of the best horror action fantisy etc.genre films in years.i give it two thumbs up(way up)
Liked it alot because it was off the beaten path and supposedly based on history!
I was fortunate enough to see this seductively dark film in the theatre and was instantly amazed at the talent - both visually, directorially, etc - in this brilliantly directed film. Anyone who appreciates masterful and well-crafted films full of intrigue, twisting plots, beautiful imagery and subtle brilliance really must see this DVD!
This is a movie loosely based on actual events. An excellent film in every category. Plenty of action and suspense carried out with style. You have to see it to believe it.
This movie has everything: sex, danger, thrills, colorful costumes, gorgeous and eerie scenery, a profound mystery that touches on many levels and -- according to my wife, ''the three hunkiest guys to ever step on a screen.''
did not see this in the theater, but had liked the trailers. it is based on a true story, they changed a few things but that this really happened makes it better. as it is a French film did not know most of the actors. but all did a great job, and this film is now one of my favorites.
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This film deserves credit for trying, but like another recent French attempt at Hollywood-style genre raiding (''The Crimson Rivers''), this one is less than the sum of its parts. It wants to be a thriller, an action-adventure, a buddy film, a love story, a special-effects showcase, a historical costume drama and it wants to have a moralistic message. On top of all that, it spends time giving us a few sex scenes, and a peak into the occult dabblings of the local peasants. Too much to accomplish without sacrificing something. A big disappointment for me. The monster and much else ends up being explained away too easily, too logically. Hard to believe that after finding room for all the other things, the film makers couldn't find room for a little bit of mystery.
An all around excellent movie. Humor, Adventure, Mystery, Suspense, and lots of Action. The fact that this is a foreign film is no detraction from the fabulous plot. The style and visual effects were unique and engaging. My favorite film of the year.
This movie has some great action scenes and is as eerie as hell. Watch it in the dark with someone you love...to scare. The DVD is especially great because you can watch the cut scenes including the expanded version of the first fight sequence. AWESOME!!
the film "Brotherhood of the Wolf" contains some elements of interest to the history buff. There is not a lot of accuracy other than the fact that the storyline covers the period of the Beast of the Gevaudan's appearance in France. However, the purpose of the film being entertainment and not education, it is only fair to judge it on how well it holds together as a story. The story is interesting, but lacking in backstory; as an example, we do not learn enough about the heroes (a Frenchman and a Native American) to learn whether or not their skills and relationship are plausible. Much of the story mainly serves as a way to connect displays of martial arts. Too much in the way of historical reality is alluded to as if that justifies what happens next in the story but then the connection is not made clear: for example, the position of women, attitudes towards sexuality and the mystical, disillusionment with established religion, the impact of such high levels of poverty on the nation and the class conflicts that caused. The cinematography is terrific on the whole though uneven. The casting was well-done; the actors seem capable of a far more complex script and story than they are dealing with here. As for the martial arts, most enthusiasts would enjoy the displays as they are staged even though some of the staging is just too contrived to be believed. Sets and costumes are interesting EXCEPT for the Beast itself. The Beast does not persuade the viewer to believe in it as the cause of everything that is happening. This is a decent film and an adequate way to spend most of a couple of hours.
I feel this movie should be for viewers 17 and older, the sexual content and bloody violence truly make it a French film. I watched this movie in the dark at night, not a good idea for us scardy cats. This movie was very well directed and brings you right into the story. I recomend it to all who are looking for a great movie and a thrill ride.
Sherlock Holmes type mystery set in France during the late 18th century: a French Version of Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskerville' so to speak. Imaginative but far fetched plot that ends up being rather disappointing in the end. The acting holds water and the characters are given depth. The main character's Indian sidekick seemed out of place and just another PC propaganda effort. The fight sequences also took away from the mood of the story with the computerized 'Matrix' style flying roundhouse kicks, etc. Although the monster builds suspense and mystery in the story keeping the audience intrigued, the ending is almost anticlimactic by virtue of being too surreal and unbelievable: the monster should have remained a supernatural beast. The idea of the Church being against the crown during that period is equally laughable: making it seem as if the writer of the film hasn't done his history as to pre-revolutionary France. Entertaining to watch once or every once in a while but I wouldn't buy it. For that style of movie, I would recommend watching Tim Burtons's version of 'Sleepy Hollow' instead.
This is an EXELLENT movie. one of the MUST-SEE of 2000!!!!!!!