Time of the Wolf (Haneke, 2003)

Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, 2003)

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”  –Genesis 22:12

Haneke’s post-apocalyptic vision – a subtle nightmare of corruption, fear, hopelessness. I say subtle, not because any of those three attributes are difficult to see, but because we never know why this world is in a post-apocalyptic state and we never venture outside of the small local setting. It’s a unique approach to the genre and reminded me a bit of Tarkovsky’s Stalker, which I liked. But it is so bleak and so drab with nothing but unhappiness at every turn. Even those trying to keep the peace seem to do so with such a forced will, like they can’t remember what the purpose of justice is besides being something they used to believe in. So while I can respect Haneke’s vision, which is most likely a very accurate representation of how this situation would look, and think this is an extremely well made film, it’s a very sad existence that brought nothing but dreariness to my view of humankind, and I don’t like that.  7.5/10

time of the wolf


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