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Time of the Wolf (2004) The world doesn't end in the harrowing apocalyptic parable Time of the Wolf , but it does grind to a halt; it doesn't happen with… 2004-06-25 Unrated PT110M Horror Beatrice Dalle Isabelle Huppert Palm
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Time of the Wolf (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Time of the Wolf | FIRED UP Horror without gore -- as only the Europeans can do it
FIRED UP Horror without gore -- as only the Europeans can do it
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jun 25, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Beatrice Dalle and Isabelle Huppert; Distributor: Palm

The world doesn't end in the harrowing apocalyptic parable Time of the Wolf, but it does grind to a halt; it doesn't happen with a bang but with a fog; and it takes place not so much in the future as in an unspecified present undone by a kind of Western European anarchy that's just this side of fascism. In other words, we're in the favored territory of Austrian master of anxiety Michael Haneke, who last challenged the unshockable by putting Isabelle Huppert through masochistic finger exercises in ''The Piano Teacher.''

This time Huppert is unmutilated but unprepared as Anne, a mother whose life (husband, kids, sleek automobile, country home nestled in pretty woods) unravels in the first five minutes: The house is occupied by strangers; animals in the field are dead and charred; a kind of psychic plague has settled over the world Anne knows; and for reasons never explained, this turns neighbor against neighbor. There are no zombies out of ''28 Days Later'' to alleviate the slow creep of realistic doom in this chilly, tense corker.

Originally posted Jul 07, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints