Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Inspired by true events this French-language period thriller presents a series of brutal attacks on villagers by an unknown creature and the investigation that sought to end this tragedy. The Beast of Gevaudan was a terrifying creature that in 1764 killed more than 60 people in a brutal manner. King Louis XV dispatches a knight and naturalist named Fronsac who using his intellect, and the martial arts prowess of his Iroquois partner seek to find a rational answer to this series of horrific events. His investigation concludes that the accounts of wolf attacks do not fit the pattern of victims wounds, so he seeks out something unknown but purely of natural origin. What is revealed of the animal attacks may be part of a larger conspiracy that could threaten the Crown.

Brotherhood of the Wolf was directed by Christophe Gans and stars Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Monica Belucci and Vincent Cassel. The film mixes some curious genres as it appears to be a werewolf movie but includes French Aristocracy, occult practices, martial arts and elements of political collusion. The film earned praise for its unique performances, high production value and excellent period setting.

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