Wolf at the Door (2015)

Wolf at the Door (2015)



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Based on real events, and set in Rio de Janeiro, "A Wolf at the Door" is the nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the terror of the parents left behind. When Sylvia (Fabíula Nascimento) discovers her 6 yr old daughter has been picked up at school by an unknown woman, police summon her husband Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz) to the station for questioning. There Bernardo confesses his extra-marital affair with Rosa (Leandra Leal), whom detectives believe to be involved in the kidnapping. Inspired by real events, Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra's debut feature captures the heightened anxiety of every parent's worst nightmare, casting a light upon the cruelties of which humans are capable. (C) Outsider Pictures
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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).

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
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Though a strong director of actors, Coimbra is significantly less assured as a visual stylist.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
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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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Wolf at the Door


A Wolf at the Door is a dark indelible drama that dares to show the bad side of an extramarital affair. The tension explodes with a shocking and terrifying outcome. This intense, painful movie lingers in the memory for a long time.

Billie So
Billie So

UGH! Guys - DON'T CHEAT ON YOUR WIFE Ladies - DON'T CHEAT ON YOUR HUSBAND This is one that'll stay with me for days.... That ending!

Evan Michael
Evan Michael

An enthralling film made by a filmmaker in absolute control of the story he wants to tell (it doesn't have a single shot or camera movement out of place), moving in a careful, deliberate pacing towards a shocking conclusion and with Leandra Leal in a top-notch performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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