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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Critic Reviews for The Wolfpack

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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…
  • It comes across as a life-affirming story of how people can not just survive but thrive even through such a bizarre upbringing, above all though the life-enhancement of film.

    Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The story that emerged, when she won their confidence, is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that every factual filmmaker dreams of and very rarely stumbles across.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Too many questions are ultimately left unanswered, but it's a real kick ...

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A profoundly compelling yet far-from-unimpeachable piece of doc making.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Everything about The Wolfpack is extraordinary, beginning with the subjects of Crystal Moselle's mesmerizing documentary.

    Jul 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wolfpack

  • Oct 23, 2015
    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 W Super Reviewer

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