THE WOLFPACK, the new documentary from first-time filmmaker Crystal Moselle, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for top awards at three other fests.
Reservoir Dogs, The Godfather and The Dark Knight lead the list) and we watch them stage their own re-creations (above, below, and in the penultimate shot -- the last of which I don't believe was included in the film itself) from the movies they love. Yet we learn almost nothing about what movies have meant to the kids in terms of life lessons, ideas, culture, morality, and the like. What does their preference for movies that are heavily violent say about anything? Is this simply machismo coming to the surface, their father's choice of films, or what? The boys certainly seem well-spoken and intelligent, but Moselle prefers to not engage them in any philosophical or deeper way. She prefers to simply watch and listen.
Magnolia Pictures, opens this Friday, June 12, in New York City at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and in Toronto at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. In the weeks to come, it will play many more cities across the country. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates.