The Wolfpack

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Offering a unique look at modern fears and our fascination with film, The Wolfpack is a fascinating -- and ultimately haunting -- urban fable.



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Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood. . (C) Magnolia

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  • The Wolfpack walks a perilous line in documentary ethics, but there's no question it is one of the most confronting and confounding true stories in a long time.

    Sep 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Too many questions are ultimately left unanswered, but it's a real kick ...

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Everything about The Wolfpack is extraordinary, beginning with the subjects of Crystal Moselle's mesmerizing documentary.

    Jul 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The boys are bright and funny, and when they do go out together - shades on, long hair flowing down rail-thin bodies - they look like a somewhat awkward but cool rock band you'd like to get to know. Moselle's documentary is the next best thing.

    Jul 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • Whether they are dancing exuberantly to the cheesy 1980s pop hit Tarzan Boy or celebrating Halloween in their tiny living room, these kids figured out how to not only survive, but thrive. Sometimes, with a little luck and a lot of love, joy finds a way.

    Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4
  • It all adds up to a story of the human spirit's ability to survive and even thrive despite twisted circumstance.

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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A fascinating documentary about a family in New York whose children have always lived in isolation, with no contact with the outside world. Their only outlet is through movies and this documentary explores how the world treats them once they venture outside and how they see the world. Creepy and compelling.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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