Wolf

Jacob, a man who believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body, is sent to a clinic by his family where he is forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of "curative" therapies at the hands of The Zookeeper. Jacob’s only solace is the enigmatic wildcat with whom he roams the hospital in the dead of night. The two form an improbable friendship that develops into infatuation.

  • Released: 2021-12-03
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: George MacKay, Lily-Rose Depp, Paddy Considine, Fionn O'Shea, Lola Petticrew, Senan Jennings, Darragh Shannon, Elisa Fionuir, Amy Macken, Helen Behan, Shelley Atkinson
  • Director: Nathalie Biancheri
 Comments
  • parry_na - 19 November 2022
    Eccentric and indefinable ...
    Wolf has a terrific cast, and it's just as well because the story - and the way it is told - relies a huge amount on the players.

    This is exactly the kind of production the excesses of drama school caters for. Main players George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp star as Jacob and Wildcat, part of a group of mainly young people who believe they are birds and animals. Paddy Considine is also very good as The Zookeeper, whose brutal methods of therapy blur between brazen cruelty and viciously curative - we're not sure which.

    What develops isn't easy to define. Part horror, part possible love story, but bizarre on all levels, the results are not uninvolving, but seem to meander before some sort of conclusion is reached. Watching this is certainly an experience, and kudos to director Nathalie Biancheri for trying something so unorthodox, and the brilliant cast for entering into it so wholeheartedly. My score is 6 out of 10.
  • ansirahka - 6 November 2022
    one major plothole
    If he's wolf and she's a cat then how are they fugging? As far as i know interspecies attraction is not a thing amongst animals especially from two whole different species, if it is between the wolf and the dog then it might have been more believable.

    Review ends here, rest is just filler words. Jacob, a man who believes he is a wolf trapped in a human body, is sent to a clinic by his family where he is forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of "curative" therapies at the hands of The Zookeeper. Jacob's only solace is the enigmatic wildcat with whom he roams the hospital in the dead of night. The two form an improbable friendship that develops into infatuation.
  • Leofwine_draca - 3 November 2022
    Wasted premise
    An interesting premise in this one but in the end I found it a rather silly arthouse drama only one step up from the nonsense of ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES. George Mackay, who I've enjoyed in the likes of 1917 and THE SECRET OF MARROWBONE, plays one inmate in a special institute treating people who believe they're animals - yes, I'm serious. Lots of nonsense and overacting, of course, and no subtlety at all, with the one good performance going to Paddy Considine's scary 'zookeeper'. The rest just ends up dragging on interminably with certain characters, like the bird girl, becoming increasingly irritating as time goes on.
  • Chancery666 - 29 October 2022
    Disappointing flat ending
    An absolutely terrific film about everything from identity, the concept of self, mental illness and the barbarities performed on people 'correcting' them. It works exceptionally well throughout, with likeable and believable characters, but it builds up to a crescendo that never happens. Our hero doesn't attain hs metamorphosis into this true self, despite the appearance that he does, and it all ends up sort of flat on its face. I've rated it for the bulk of the film, which is riveting, but that ending? Oh dear no,,,,

    P. S. a shout out to the movement coach who apparently taught the hero his movement. Its one of the most credible human 'wolf' impersonations I've ever seen, no CGI needed. Even more of a shame that impersonation doesn't then fulfil its promise.
  • gestaf-79-599521 - 19 October 2022
    Shocking
    I always wonder what is the goal of a movie and when I watch a movie I ask myself if I will get a nice punchline or lesson out of it ... this movie is nothing like that... this movie is pure emotion. Shocking, frustrating, empathetic, funny, sad... whatever it is; I enjoyed every bit of it and would recommend it 100%. Bonus: The actors were superb đź‘Ś

    This movie could be considered somewhat abstract. I found hard to find a cohesive theme throughout. I doubt that was hardly the point. I think the movie has other goals in mind; like exposing mental deseases in and very candid and personal way. It could make you feel very shocked at times.

    Finally; this movie has some dystopian vibes as well. I'm sure that in a society where such aberrations are allowed to happen must have gone through some severe social changes. Watch it with an open mind.
  • rosemaryloftis - 14 October 2022
    Finally... something really provocative
    Thought provoking and provocative!

    As others have said in review don't go in with expectations just embrace it. For the budget, this was done really well. A little bit of cliché with mental institutions taking extreme measures on the patients. Script could have worked a little bit more on characterization and building underlying reasons the characters chose the identities.

    Absolutely love the script and the courage to push the envelope. I have seen this throughout my life with others, not to the extremes as these characters present, but we all take on personas to deal with tough issues. I didn't think this was too far-fetched and I think there's a lot more reality to this than people think. If societal norms for more excepting I believe people would show more of their primal side, and listen to their instincts. We have been so domesticated, and live in boxes, and so far from our instinctual primal selves, that we have become our own worst enemies in a world full of depression.
  • caseypthompson - 19 September 2022
    Was headed somewhere, and then didn't
    I think I sort of get the premise of the storyline...or at least what they were aiming for, but it did NOT reach for anything inside of me that was anywhere near emotional except feeling mad. There are people with many dysphoria issues, some of are which are connected to animals. However, it was dark, and not in a way that leaves you going "wow, that was intense". Instead your just left sad, confused and without any real ending. I almost had wished the writer threw in something supernatural and the dude really did become a wolf because then at least there would've been redemption for the awful plot, writing and acting.

    Instead it merely sat on the edge of being traumatic, abusive and trite.

    I like dark arthouse films, but only if I'm left feeling... something.

    My own art is dark and surreal and I'm drawn to these sort of films. But, Wolf was poorly done and it could've been more.

    I just felt my own traumas come forth and not in a tangible and relating way. It just made me angry and then irritated at the lack of conclusion.

    Sorry, not a win here.
  • shamis-881-25789 - 17 September 2022
    Simple. Beautiful.
    Sometimes we forget why we watch movies.

    I will not give any spoilers but I loved this movie. The acting of the entire cast and the overall direction is top notch. It's a well made movie and it has absolutely nothing to do with politics, unlike some of the other reviews here speaking so otherwise. Do not be misled.

    This movie is about finding your footing in life; and accepting, believing and following what your heart wishes/desires for. Not to become a slave to worldly expectations and conformity. For some reason, it reminded me of The Lobster, but there is no similarity between the movies as such.
  • missh-74910 - 11 September 2022
    Absolute Garbage
    Kicking myself for not checking the IMDb score on this one before I flushed away the almost 2 hours watching this drivel. Nothing at all redeeming about this terribly scripted, plotless, flat movie. One of the worst films I've seen in a while. The ending leaves you hanging as well. No resolution. Completely pointless. Do not waste your time. Not giving away any spoilers, but no, no one ever turns into a wolf. Just straight up mental illness peppered with medical abuse. Go watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for a much better made film that has an actual plot. I will give props to the girl who whinnies just like a horse. That was pretty spot on. Lol.
  • rmonroe811 - 6 September 2022
    The Wolf Movie No One Asked For
    What did I just watch. MAYBE it could have been a short film...at best. I wanted to cover my ears and gouge my eyes out simultaneously, while then deleting my whole HBO Max account for allowing me to witness this fodder. The script was what you'd expect from an amateur High School theater group, desperate to prove they're edgy and avant-garde. It's one of those roles for Lily-Rose Depp that screams "I don't need nepotism, I can destroy my acting career on my own". And while I admire McKay, and love seeing his career really pick up...lately the majority of his character choices are all the same formula: awkward blank stares, moody huffing and puffing, scowling, gaunt Tim Burton-character-come-to-life energy. Was there ever really a reason for this movie? Did someone think, "You know what kind of movie we need right now?" He was a painfully awkward kid that thought he was a wolf, and that's LITERALLY the whole story.
  • detlic - 5 September 2022
    Too weird for me
    Yeah, the movie does have a bit deeper message and makes you ask a few questions, but the way it was delivered is just too weirs and not understandable... A mental sickness used to show the extremes and thus the very essence of us as beings on this planet is a valid choice, but this... Don't know... It seems too specific an issue to identify. Well, at least for me... People identifying as animals is too specific and a small group we don't see every day and don't really feel that way and can't really identify with them. So, the story is the miss from the very start of it all... I do believe that the idea behind this all, this movie was great, but how it was way delivered is a true miss... Too bad... An idea wasted of too narrow an audience which makes the movie flop and fail. Might have been a way better movie with better writing and better delivery... This way, anything higher than the mark I gave it is, in my humble opinion, too much... Such a waste...
  • justahunch-70549 - 30 August 2022
    See this for George MacKay
    I've seen George MacKay in a few films and he has thus far always been an interesting actor, open-faced, intense and honest. All of that shines through here including some very fascinating, realistic, ominous, animalistic walking on all fours. It is clear he's put a lot of effort into this. Why though, is a puzzlement to me. This tale of people who believe they are other types of animals other than human is certainly unusual and apparently is a real though very rare thing called clinical lycanthropy, which is pretty much a mental disorder. What else would it be?! This film about a clinic with a group of these type of people is absurd that there would be enough of these cases to actually have a clinic and physicians trained to deal with them and some for a very long time. If you can somehow put that logic aside and look at this as some sort of flimsy sci-fi concept, it does hold one's interest due to the acting and the question of what this is leading to. While this is certainly MacKay's film, there is another talented young man in this, Fionn O'Shea, who also performs well along with an acting veteran, Paddy Considine, who is also not bad. However, my puzzlement remains. What did such talented people see in this project? I have no answer. If you not sure who George MacKay is, then watch the brilliant 1917.
  • nkenapatrice - 29 August 2022
    Black Box Theatre on the Big Screen
    This movie took me back to the time when I pretended to like experimental theater performed in a dimly lit black box theatre. Keening, crawling, crying... It was all there. I'm now too old to muster up the strength to feign enthusiasm for such unnecessary theatrics.

    Actually, why waste my words when the actual dialogue, stage-whispered by Lily-Rose Depp's backlit silhouette through the bars of a pitch black jail cell, capture my sentiments exactly:

    "The smells. (pause) The ground. (pause) Damp. (pause) Cold. (pause) The trees blurring. (pause) I'm running. (pause) Breathing. (pregnant pause) I have no human form."

    I wholeheartedly expected to see Smith appear from upstage, center and "drop trou" in front of Samantha.

    It took itself too seriously for me to appreciate the poignant concept of who gets to define/decide one's identity.
  • johnspwn - 25 June 2022
    Female soldiers back then?
    Why do producers and developers insist on changing history when females WERE NOT SOLDIERS AT THIS TIME. Does this promote realism or perhaps create a feminist message? Neither. Pretending that history was something different doesn't make for a movie.