Time of the Wolf | Chicago Reader

Time of the Wolf

Rated R 114 minutes 2003

Michael Haneke's best films (e.g., The Seventh Continent, Code Unknown) tend to create their own world and their own rules, whereas others—like Benny's Video, Funny Games, and this 2003 postapocalyptic tale—offer variations on films others have already made. But Haneke is still a masterful director, and his authority carries this well-acted and attractively shot account of a family from an unnamed city trying to survive in the sticks after an unspecified catastrophe. (Some have criticized the lack of explanation, but the relatively lame and familiar backstories of most such movies hardly seem an improvement.) We've seen much of this before, but Haneke's theme of civilization gradually sliding away remains timely. With Isabelle Huppert and Patrice Chereau; most of the dialogue is in subtitled French.

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