Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)



Critic Consensus: Brotherhood of the Wolf mixes its genres with little logic, but the end result is wildly entertaining.

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French legend has it that a creature known as the Beast of Gevaudan -- a huge, wolf-like monster -- was responsible for the violent deaths of over 100 persons in the mid-18th century, and this horror fantasy blends the lore of this fabled beast with a story of two men who set out to capture it. After a number of mutilated corpses begin appearing across the French countryside, naturalist Chevalier Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) is dispatched by the King to find and capture the animal responsible for the killings. Mani (Mark Dacascos), an Indian from Canada and an experienced hand in the wilds, is hired to assist de Fronsac in his work. Gregoire's assignment earns him the acquaintance of Marianne de Morangias (Emilie Dequenne), the lovely daughter of the idly wealthy Count de Morangias (Jean Yanne), but Gregoire receives a much chillier welcome from her brother Jean-Francois (Vincent Cassel), who, despite having lost an arm to a lion in Africa, is quite the huntsman himself. As Gregoire and Mani arrive in the village of Gevaudan, they're drawn to a local house of prostitution, where the animalistic allure and supernatural powers of Sylvia (Monica Bellucci) prove to have a profound effect on the naive Gregoire. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provided the special-effects expertise for the creation of the Beast of Gevaudan.
R (for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Horror
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Samuel Le Bihan
as Gregoire de Fronsac
Vincent Cassel
as Jean-Francois de Morangias
Émilie Dequenne
as Marianne de Morangias
Jérémie Renier
as Thomas d'Apcher
Jean Yanne
as Le Comte de Morangias
Jacques Perrin
as Thomas d'Apcher (Old)
Johan Leysen
as Beauterne
Edith Scob
as Mme de Morangias
Hans Meyer
as Marquis d'Apcher
Marc Christian
as Old Thomas' Servant
Karin Kristom
as Bergere du Rocher
Philippe Nahon
as Jean Chastel
Virginie Darmon
as The Liar
Jean-Paul Farré
as Pere Georges
Pierre Lavit
as Jacques
Eric Prat
as Capitaine Duhamel
Bernard Farcy
as Laffont
Michel Puterflam
as Eveque de Mende
Jean-Loup Wolff
as Duc de Moncan
Nicolas Vaude
as Maxime des Forets
Frankye Pain
as La Tessier
Max Delor
as Old Noble
Christian Adam
as Old Noble
Jean-Pierre Jackson
as Noble Diner
Nicky Naude
as La Felure
Karin Kristrom
as Bergere du Rocher
Daniel Herroin
as Blondin
Gaelle Cohen
as La Loutre
Virginie Arnaud
as La Pintade
Charles Maquignon
as Valet at Maison Teissier
Franckie Pain
as La Teissier
Isabelle Le Nouvel
as Brunette Prostitute
Albane Fioretti
as Tessier Prostitute
Clarice Plasteig
as Tessier Prostitute
Edit Cassou
as Tessier Prostitute
Delphine Hivernet
as Valentine
Pierre Castagne
as Cecile's Father
Eric Laffitte
as Villager
Eric Delcourt
as Camp Beauterne's Help
Andre Penvern
as Buffon
Christelle Droy
as Bergere Dollines
Andres Fuentes
as Paysan Chaumiere
David Bogino
as Lanceur de Couteaux
Emmanuel Booz
as Officer Bucher
Pascal Laugier
as Machemort's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Brotherhood of the Wolf

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (32)

A wonder of magpie postmodernism, a samurai adventure with Hong Kong action and a wry touch of American Western, all sewn into a free interpretation of Gallic history that also has its finger on the pulse of current social trends.

Full Review… | September 30, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Instead of fluid acrobatics, we get hyperbolic montages of kicking feet, somersaulting torsos, and fists connecting with faces.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Top Critic

Fun movie, animatronic beast and all.

Full Review… | March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Exhilirating viewing, at least while the feet are flying and the fangs are baring.

Full Review… | February 8, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Utterly preposterous but so full of enthusiasm and flashy style that it's entertaining anyway.

February 8, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An extraordinary film, although not necessarily a good one.

Full Review… | February 1, 2002
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brotherhood of the Wolf


An adventurer and his Iroquois warrior companion investigate a series of brutal murders in rural revolutionary France said to be the work of a supernatural creature. The Brotherhood of the Wolf is a strange fish indeed. It is a genre spanning hybrid of period romance, supernatural horror, Holmesian mystery and martial arts mayhem. It's a strange brew indeed, but somehow it works. The basis of the story is similar to The Name Of The Rose in that a man of science investigates murder in Ye Olden Days to a backdrop of religious and political paranoia but it mixes in elements of The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Dangerous Liaisons with a Hammer Horror twist to create what is best described as a French Sleepy Hollow with Kung Fu. The eclectic cast all show their quality in their various fields, from straight to DVD stalwart Marc Dacascos' laconic, high kicking Indian to Vincent Cassell's embittered aristocrat through to the inevitably stunning Monica Bellucci's mysterious Italian courtesan. The CGI may be showing its age a little, but otherwise its visually very nice and the story, although a little lacking in focus, is so odd ball it never fails to maintain the interest. An unusual supernatural action film that transcends its patchwork of ideas to create something strangely unique.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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Leave it to the French to deliver the wildest genre mix European cinema has seen in the last decade. This is martial arts action, fantasy, monster horror, historical piece and conspiracy thriller all at once. The little wonder is: the film works in each of these aspects and especially as a whole. When you expect the showdown the story takes a few more unexpected turns (maybe even one too many) and takes you through a slightly too long but none the less exciting and spectacular finish. Especially Dacascos' fights are top notch, but the rest of the cast is just as convincing. No wonder Cassel has been a regular in Hollywood ever since. A truly original and outstanding piece of French cinema that doesn't try to be great art but just damn fun and entertaining.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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