Wolf

Wolf

Crossbreed Jodie Foster’s star vehicle Nell with S1m0ne’s character study I Am Pig and the result is Wolf. George MacKay goes full Jodie Foster playing a young man who identifies as a wolf. It’s a wild performance. However, where Foster won accolades for her turnas a feral hermit, MacKay might find himself eating from the trough like the simulated S1m0ne. This peculiar film from Nathalie Biancheri has all the ingredients to be a full-fledged star vehicle. However, Wolf’s study of “species dysphoria”—a condition whereby humans identify as animals—is simply too silly and tonally uneven to do justice to any performance. It’s one of the year’s strangest films.

MacKay, the rising star who asserted himself in Captain Fantastic and 1917, actually gets some moments to shine. Biancheri peppers Wolf with hypnotic interludes that see MacKay’s Jacob roam through the woods on all fours. MacKay delivers some mean pup play in Wolf when the film lets him get his paws dirty. He has great physical presence as a performer as Michał Dyme’s cinematography hugs his sinewy, muscular frame. MacKay uncannily evokes the lean and mean build of a ferocious lupus. He howls with a gravelly mix of pain and pride, unleashing the beast within with each Awooooooo!

Read Pat Mullen's full review: thatshelf.com/tiff-2021-wolf-review/