Big Bad Wolves


In the shocking dark comedy/thriller Big Bad Wolves, a series of vicious murders puts the lives of three men on a brutal collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the prime suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s electrifying follow-up to their 2011 shocker Rabies examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? When a young girl’s body is found violated and mutilated, Miki, a disgraced cop and Gidi, the victim’s bloodthirsty father, forge an alliance that’s as uneasy as it is unholy. Guided by Gidi’s philosophy that maniacs only fear other maniacs, they truss up their nebbish suspect in a basement and engage in interrogation techniques that would make the Marquis de Sade squeamish. And while Gidi grows increasingly barbaric, Miki can’t help but wonder whether they have the right man. A revenge thriller with teeth, Big Bad Wolves is an unpredictable rollercoaster ride built on powerhouse performances, twisted black humor and thought-provoking chills. (Dir. by Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, 2013, Israel, in Hebrew with subtitles, 110 mins., Magnet Releasing) Digital