I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
Time of the Wolf
When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.
Time of the Wolf, or ''everyone yells and cries at each other for two hours'' is Haneke's attempt to make the most difficult film to watch ever created. You see one fateful night in 2002 Haneke was pondering just how to make his films more depressing and harrowing. Then it struck him, he didn't have to play chess on the board, he could move the pieces into the mud and play there.
One could call the film reserved, reserved in a way that it isn't as 'edgy' and 'grim' as others that feature masses of rape, torture, and cannibalism; this isn't that sort of film. At first it seems rather ''out there'' for Haneke. I thought maybe giant television sets…
Another review of this I read said (roughly) "about as much fun as you'd expect a Haneke post-apocalypse movie to be, i.e. no fucking fun at all" and I can't really put it better than that.
A few references to the Tzadikim Nistarim and the title's reference to Norse mythology both suggest that Haneke is somewhat interested in religion in this bitterly realistic apocalyptic tale. It pervades the film, between the refugee who cannot stop praying to the letter the daughter writers to her dead father.
The film feels almost like a dogme film in its presentation, but it's far too fantastical for that. There is a plot, but it's minimal (or perhaps it only feels minimal because no amount of closure or resolution could possibly work here). Instead of Godot, we wait on the trains. What comes isn't salvation, but simply enough to get by, at a bitter price.
With an opening scene as grim as that right off the bat, I knew that Haneke's Time of the Wolf was definitely going to be an unpleasant and depressing experience.
This is the story of a family's somber, and tragic struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic European county. Basically every devastating thing you could imagine in this situation happens to these people, and then some. On top of that it's frustrating, while also a hellish and chaotic nightmare, with people screaming at each other and crying the whole time. It ends up being a harsh, and accurate depiction of what you'd expect after the deterioration of our society. And as per usual, it haunts you with a feeling of dread…
An unspecified disaster wrecks havoc in civilization in Europe, particularly a family trying to survive in the French countryside. This film is spectacularly bleak even in the standards of Michael Haneke. The austere proceedings and deliberate pacing plus shocking spurts of violence and disturbing images will make it a real trial for most people to sit through. It's not my favorite Haneke but it's still an extremely well-made, well-shot post-apocalyptic drama.
Hanake is not your friend and he will test every fiber of your patience to prove this.
Isabelle Huppert stars in a dystopian drama that's not nearly as harrowing as it thinks it is. We follow her family through the French countryside in some sort of post-apocalyptic present, devoid of technology and scarce of food and drink, as they simply try to get on day by day. We're thrown right into the middle of their situation with an effectively shocking opening scene, but even so it's hard to invest emotionally because we're told so little about them. We don't even find out the name of Huppert's character until halfway through. Would there be anything to be gained by knowing more about these people? Possibly not, but Haneke's earlier film The Seventh Continent - which this occasionally resembles…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Although this film may be slow moving and very bleak it is a fantastic look at what would happen if society deteriorated. Set in an undisclosed time period we follow a family as they struggle to survive. This film is very unique in the fact that you engage in the grim reality of each characters day to day. Most of the questions being addressed are what would you do if you had limited food, limited hope and little to no answers as to what is going on in the world. Watching the characters interact seems so real and the last 15 or so minutes just solidify and encompass the vast nature of society, survival and trust. If you want a more revealing and deeper amount of drama in your Post Apocalyptic film then give this a look over The Road, Carriers and even 28 days later.
Some incredible moments!
Now this is uncomfortable. Bleak, but worth it.
Look, I love me some Haneke. He's one of my favorite filmmakers, his sterling rep well earned. I'm also a gourmand of the apocalypse, devouring every end of the world film I come upon. I've seen the world end dozens upon dozens of times. So, the idea of Haneke tackling armageddon seemed fairly can't miss to me.
I first watched Time of the Wolf maybe eight years ago, but due to distractions either menial or alcoholic, I had a hard time remembering the particulars. I remembered a bike, a train, and a couple of fires mixed in with some low-key misery. I felt it was time to revisit. Unfortunately, it was barely worth the trip back.
Haneke puts Isabelle Huppert…
Crossing off another Hanake film off his filmography. This is my least favorite that I've seen so far - it's much slighter, but not in ways where the subtleness necessarily adds anything. And it's hard to see it as much more than a portrait with vague suggestions on how people function in groups. Still, Hanake is a guy that knows how to tell hard stories in ways that don't just come off as sad stories.
Watch the first 40 minutes then turn it off and put "Threads" instead. There you have the true Hanekian post apocalyptic movie.
If ever there were a director suited for bleak apocalypse drama it's Michael Haneke. (Imagine his The Road!) His take on the genre is predictably low key, favoring character over plot in its portrayal of an undefined disaster that has left many scrambling over the countryside in search of aid. Scarcity is the name of the game, with individual families unprepared to live off the land banding together in a dark age regression towards collectivism. Haneke's appraisal of human behavior in such a situation is realistic, some might say cynical, with many a moment unflinchingly devoted to the sheer savagery that comes with being a hungry human. It's punishing, like most of his work, if ultimately pointless, like too much…
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
- Dead Man's Letters
- The Ugly Swans
- Morel's Invention
- The Man from Earth
I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
For the purposes…
- Our Father
- About Schmidt
- The Abyss
- The Accidental Tourist
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