Time of the Wolf

Not the new Michael Haneke feature (sorry, kids) but a decent children's soaper about an orphaned grade schooler (Devin Douglas Drewitz) who goes to live with his great-aunt and -uncle in the great white north and befriends an injured wolf. Burt Reynolds sucks thoughtfully on his pipe as the uncle, who'd like to adopt the boy, and German actress Marthe Keller (Marathon Man) delivers a fine performance as his harsh wife, who's still grieving for the two children they lost years earlier. Less convincing is Jason Priestley, wearing nerd glasses as the boy's priggish teacher. Don French adapted a novel by Thomas A. MacDonald, moving it from the 1880s to the present, and TV director Rod Pridy evokes honest heartache while underlining every lesson. 90 min.

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