Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Wolfpack

Six brothers live in their Lower East Side apartment with their odd, reclusive parents and rarely leave, the only way they know the outside world is through the movies they watch. Utilizing handwritten, illustrated scripts they recreated from watching DVDs of films such as Reservoir Dogs and Blue Velvet, the boys stage the films in their apartment, brandishing handmade prop weapons. The accuracy and attention to detail in these film recreations was quite stunning. I particularly enjoyed the scene featuring a remarkable Halloween celebration, the boys wearing homemade costumes of Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger, they danced around a burning straw effigy, again, in their apartment, which probably wasn't the safest idea. With loose, handheld camerawork, interviews in closeup, and clips from home movies, The Wolfpack is a fascinating look at isolated individuals in one of the most densely populated cities in the country. The footage of their parents is chilling, as both mother and father are seemingly unable to control the events that caused them all to be prisoners in their home. The Wolfpack is a mind-boggling documentary examining reclusion and the life-changing power of film.

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