Distributor: Metrodome Distribution
BBFC Classification: 18
Directors: Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Guy Adler
As a filmmaker, to have somebody like Quentin Tarantino declare your film to be “the best film of the year” must be quite a boost to the ego. Luckily for Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado those words aren’t just hyperbole as Big Bad Wolves is certainly a pleasant surprise, being a film that grabs you right from the off and escalates into a disturbingly brutal yet darkly amusing revenge thriller that, if not the actual best film, is definitely a contender for future cult classic.
Revealing too much about the plot will do it a disservice as it is best not to know a great deal going in but the central theme is one of abducted and abused children and three fathers whose lives are going to become forever intertwined as events escalate into a violent and tragic climax. Doesn’t sound like a laugh, does it? But between the acts of vengeance the script – helped along by a superb score and a Buddy Holly song that shouldn’t work but does – keeps things relatively light and the performances are pitched at exactly the right tone to convey the character’s intentions and the humourous touches that keep the film from getting too dark and grim. Which is helpful because when the violence does come it is all the more wince-inducing without needing to hit the audience around the head like a 2006 torture porn film would.
Unfortunately there’s not a lot else you can add without spoiling it but needless to say, it looks like Mr. Tarantino has a point and Big Bad Wolves is certainly a film that gets its point across in a very satisfying way.
Special Features: None
UK Release Date: 28th April 2014