Temps du Loup

Le Temps du Loup

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Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Bénichou, Lucas Biscombe

     
 
Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke makes his second film with French actress Isabelle Huppert in the lead role with The Time of the Wolf. Set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic time and place, the story opens with a family: wife Anne (Huppert), husband Georges (Daniel Duval), son Ben (Lucas Biscombe), and daughter Eva (Anaïs Demoustier). When the family

Overview

Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke makes his second film with French actress Isabelle Huppert in the lead role with The Time of the Wolf. Set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic time and place, the story opens with a family: wife Anne (Huppert), husband Georges (Daniel Duval), son Ben (Lucas Biscombe), and daughter Eva (Anaïs Demoustier). When the family arrives at their summer home to find it already inhabited, Georges is immediately and brutally killed. Anne and the kids go on the run, desperately looking for someone to help them. They end up living in an abandoned train station with a group of other people trying to survive the harsh conditions. Many of the people believe the leader, Koslowski (Olivier Gourmet), is a type of savior -- one of 36 "Just Men" in the world.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Like Funny Games, Michael Haneke's Time of the Wolf begins with a comfortable bourgeois family arriving at their second home in the country, and being met by unexpected and shocking violence. But, while Funny Games was a sadistic exercise in punishing audience manipulation, Time of the Wolf is a thought-provoking allegory with a surprising degree (for Haneke) of humanity. Certainly, there are disturbing images, and the film makes no concessions to audience comfort in either its story or its almost impenetrably dark visuals. "You really don't know what's going on, or are you just stupid?" asks a character of Anne (Isabelle Huppert) early on, and this immediately gets at Haneke's underlying motivations in plunging his privileged European characters into a sudden third-world experience (brought on by a pointedly unexplained disaster). But the harshness of this query, with which Haneke interrogates his audience, is tempered by a clear-eyed sympathy for his characters, particularly Anne's children, the sensitive Eva (Anaïs Demoustier), and the traumatized Ben (Lucas Biscombe). While this marks a positive development in Haneke's development as a filmmaker (one need only look at cruel use of the young boy in Funny Games for contrast), what's most striking about the film is its brilliant imagery and inventive use of sound. In one scene, Anne searches frantically in the darkness for Ben using only a butane lighter. We can barely make out her image in the foreground, while in the background, off in the distance, we see Eva's tiny guiding bonfire burning in the blackness. In another scene, the sound of the frantic flapping of a pet bird's wings creates nearly unbearable tension. Without punishing the audience or resorting to cheap tricks, as he has in the past, Haneke has produced his most powerful and intensely cinematic work to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0660200308728
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Original theatrical aspect ratio 2.35:1; 5.1 surround sound; An interview with director Michael Hanede; An interview with star Isabelle Huppert; Production footage; Filmographies; Theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Anne
Maurice Bénichou Mr. Azoulay
Lucas Biscombe Ben
Patrice Chéreau Thomas Brandt
Béatrice Dalle Lise Brandt
Anaïs Demoustier Eva
Daniel Duval Georges
Marilyne Even Mademoiselle Azoulay
Olivier Gourmet Koslowski
Rona Hartner Arina
Florence Loiret-Caille Nathalie Azoulay
Brigitte Roüan Bea
Branko Samarovski Le Gendarme
Hakim Taleb Young Runaway
Thierry van Werveke Jean
Pierre Berriau Fred
Costel Cascaval Constantin
Luminita Gheorghiu Mrs. Homolka

Technical Credits
Michael Haneke Director,Screenwriter
Lisy Christl Costumes/Costume Designer
Kris Portier Debellair Casting
Veit Heiduschka Producer
Jürgen Jürges Cinematographer
Christoph Kanter Set Decoration/Design
Michael Katz Executive Producer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Margaret Menegoz Executive Producer
Brigitte Moidon Casting
Nadine Muse Editor
Hanus Polak Asst. Director
Markus Schleizner Casting
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Weber Co-producer
Monika Willi Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. At the Cabin [6:53]
2. Looking for Shelter [8:56]
3. Benny Disappears [9:52]
4. A Feral Orphan [4:48]
5. Heading South [4:15]
6. At the Station [4:21]
7. Respect the Rules [5:30]
8. Systems of Trade [3:44]
9. The Latest News [5:45]
10. A New Way of Life [8:28]
11. A Letter to Father [5:51]
12. New Arrivals [:00]
13. The Immigrant Family [4:06]
14. Killers [6:03]
15. Beauty in Music [5:30]
16. Suicide [7:13]
17. Sacrifice [5:06]
18. Closing Credits [9:35]

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Le Temps du Loup 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A SLOW FILM THAT HAS INTERESTING SCENES. IT IS A FILM THAT DEFINITELY PERSUADES PEOPLE TO AVOID BEING IN FRANCE AT THE END OF THE WORLD. THE CHARACTERS ARE PATHETIC, IN THAT THEY STRUGGLE WITH MORALITY BUT FAIL MISERABLY IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER. IT'S OK FOR RENTAL.