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Movie review: Brotherhood of the Wolf

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Movie review: Brotherhood of the Wolf

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Also known as Le Pacte des Loups, the film is set in 18th century France. The Gevaudan province is under attack by an unknown beast who has killed hundreds. The King has sent Chevalier, a naturalist, and his Indian companion Mani, to investigate. What they find however is much more than a simple monster who proves much harder to kill than anticipated. The dialogue was apparently recorded in French but the disk has an option for English voiceover, though it is a bit strange when the dialogue doesn’t match the mouth movements.

Samuel Le Bihan (Chevalier de Fronsac), Vincent Cassel (Jean-Francois de Morangias), Emilie Dequenne (Marianne Morangias), Monica Bellucci (Sylvia), Mark Dacascos (Mani).

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot in this one. It was quite original and did some wonderful misleading and had some very nice plot twists throughout. Character and plot development was throughout the film so the tempo was action, followed by slow spots, repeat, repeat. That said, I thought the movie flowed well and moved along nicely. There were many emotional points focusing on or questioning humanity that were thought provoking and presented well.

Acting was very good by everyone in the film. Dacascos was particularly good in his role, stealing more than a few scenes. I absolutely loved Bellucci as Sylvia, the role fit her perfectly. Cassel and Dequenne also did very nicely.

Camera work and cinematography are incredible. The landscapes and sets are rich and full from start to finish. Wardrobe was also extremely well done with excellent detail and quality. Sound and dialogue were both perfectly done. The soundtrack was lovely, complimenting the film at every turn. Special effects were very nicely done with the exception of Jean-Francois’s sword. Although I liked the concept a great deal the special effects required made it feel out of place with the film.

At 2.5 hours, the Director’s Cut is a lengthy film but worth the time. The detail and depth combined with the plot, the twists and turns, and the questions wisely left unanswered all made this movie of the highest quality. Add this one to the top of your Must See list, I doubt you will be disappointed.

Some nudity, implied sexual scene, violence, blood and gore so save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2001
Reviewed: 2.4.14
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Foreign, Foreign Horror, French Language, France

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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