A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) Reviews

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April 18, 2016
The structure of the film, made through flashbacks through the police interrogation, capture the interest of the viewer since the first minute. [Full review in Spanish]
April 18, 2016
The brilliant humanization of a noir tale, leaving sensationalism out to favor your identification with this cheated, rejected and obsessed woman. [Full review in Spanish]
April 18, 2016
The script by debutant director Coimbra is a perfect balance of humor, suspense, and surprises. But it's Leal's intriguing performance that steals the show. [Full review in Spanish]
August 21, 2015
Its hook is a kidnapped kid, who promptly gets lost in its shuffle. And maybe this inattention is part of Coimbra's point, but if so it's mismanaged, diluting our emotional investment right when it needs bolstering.
July 16, 2015
In his first film Coimbra already appears to be a master of the cinematic tightrope walk, weaving flashbacks and detective work in an energetic and pleasingly sleazy manner (this is, after all, a modern noir).
June 4, 2015
Though a strong director of actors, Coimbra is significantly less assured as a visual stylist.
April 29, 2015
It's a huge testament to the actors that you can sympathize with a character one minute and hate him/her the next.
March 28, 2015
The way Coibra looks at infidelity and the disastrous ramifications of it is closer to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, albeit in a less sophisticated manner.
March 27, 2015
As unflinchingly raw, honest and often ugly as this millennial time in which we live.
March 27, 2015
Surprisingly extracting humor out of a incredibly serious and dramatic situation, the film is especially benefited by the flawless performances of Leal, Cortaz and Nascimento.
March 26, 2015
As a piece of storytelling, "A Wolf at the Door" may be a tawdry little shocker. But on a visceral level, it is a knife to the gut.
March 26, 2015
Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates.
March 26, 2015
Leal's performance holds the movie together; she makes Rosa such a warm, likable presence that it's possible to hope against hope for a happy ending.
March 25, 2015
Brazilian film noir that evokes Jim Thompson and Patricia HIghsmith. If you are into tales of obsession and murder (who isn't?), you'll love this well-written and directed debut feature.
March 23, 2015
Coimbra's overambitious use of a complex narrative structure can feel clunky, and worst of all, the kid at the center is practically forgotten in the assemblage of flashbacks, significantly diminishing the emotional pull.
March 23, 2015
The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it's an utterly compelling and indelible drama.
March 23, 2015
It finds its strength in painting a portrait of Brazilian heterosexual gender relations as an always-volatile symbiosis between feminine hysteria and ruthless machismo.
March 21, 2015
Effectively warns us: Do not commit adultery
August 7, 2014
There is little routine about it, it turns out, from the steamy sex to mind games and emotional manoeuvring, all leading in some mysterious way to the situation at hand.
July 17, 2014
Despite its thriller veneer, A Wolf at the Door is more of an examination of adultery and its consequences, both on the married couple and the outsider who comes between them.
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