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Between 1765 and 1768, the Beast of Gevaudan subjected this sparsely-populated region of southern France, made up of forest-clad hillsides wreathed in mist, to an unrelenting reign of terror. Over 100 people, mostly women and children, went missing. Those whose corpses were found bore the marks of a savage attack by a wild animal.
Action Drama - The fight scenes in French import will satisfy adult action fans,
but the slow drama will test their patience. Similarly, those
looking for something of substance will not find it here. Young
males stand the best chance of enjoying, and violent and sexual
content make the film inappropriate for young children.
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Review Good "A slasher flick! A conspiracy thriller! A love story! A
Merchant Ivory social critique! A floor wax! A dessert topping! By the time
''Brotherhood'' arrives at the last of its many climaxes -- which somehow
involves incest, a Native American burial ceremony, and ''Malena'''s Monica
Bellucci as an elite prostitute working as a spy for the Pope -- the only genre
left unplundered is the musical.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "..its strongest appeal will be to those who don't mind movies
that stray beyond the accepted boundaries of what we call
"reality". In short, Brotherhood of the Wolf is daring in
its approach and successful in its result - assuming the result is to provide
pure entertainment to the viewer.''
Review Good "The one thing you don't want to do is take this movie
seriously. Because it's so good-looking, there may be a temptation to think it
wants to be high-toned, but no: Its heart is in the
horror-monster-sex-fantasy-special effects tradition. "The Beast has a
master," Fronsac says. "I want him." That's the spirit.''
Review Average "Foreign films have traditionally provided a refuge from
Hollywood's excesses. But with this grisly popcorn movie, we're reminded of the
heavy-handed contributions that some U.S. blockbusters are making to global
culture. Must we import the rubbish we export?''
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In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a seemingly near-human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. Desperate to end the growing unrest of the populace, the King sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may finally bring the beast down. But what these men find, when finally confronted with the true nature of the beast, is more shocking than anyone could have anticipated...