The Maiden and the Wolves | Chicago Reader

The Maiden and the Wolves

In the years after World War I, a mountain belle (Laetitia Casta) joins forces with a crazy hermit (Stefano Accorsi) to save a wild wolf pack from predators, among them the woman's rotten-rich fiance (Jean-Paul Rouve). Director-cowriter Gilles Legrand belongs to the French tradition of grand, loony visionaries that stretches from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Raymond Bernard, and Abel Gance all the way back to Georges Mélies. Legrand has a penchant for lush period movies (he produced Patrice Leconte's Ridicule), and Yves Angelo's cinematography of the snowy slopes and cliffs is eye-popping. This makes a nice, nutty companion piece to Carroll Ballard's eco-classic Never Cry Wolf, as long as you don't try to reconcile it with the real world. In French with subtitles. In French with subtitles. 110 min.

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