Israel / 2013 / 110 mins / Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Horror / Crime / Thriller / Comedy
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Screenplay: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Tzachi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Dov Glickman, Menashe Noy, Dvir Benedek
Producer(s): Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon
Company: Video Services Corp.
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A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
“Grippingly suspenseful… fiendishly clever… mesmerizing from start to finish” – Hollywood Reporter
“A unique and dark and disturbingly left-field film well worth attention” –Screen Daily
“BIG BAD WOLVES had me simultaneously doubling over with laughter and averting my eyes and cringing in disgust and fear, usually in the same scene. The best movie of this year’s Fantasia Film Festival.” – JoBlo’s Movie Emporium
“Some thrillers are described as being “edge of your seat” affairs, but with Big Bad Wolves, it’s more like you are hovering just beyond the chair, midair, waiting for the story to resolve itself.” – The Playlist
You will be forgiven when you think about countries that have strong genre cinema and the nation of Israel is likely not going to be on that list. And that is okay. Until recently they were never part of the conversation. But over the next couple of years that is going to change as a new generation of young filmmakers draw from worldwide influences and add their own ‘Chutzpah’ to them. This new wave of genre cinema coming out of Israel is being led by filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado.
After their first film, Rabies, billed as the first Israeli slasher film, turned heads on the festival circuit a couple years ago they have followed up with their own version of revenge thrillers with Big Bad Wolves. And it might seem odd to you that I would best describe this film as ‘Hard and Hilarious’ because typically you should not be laughing out loud between scenes of extreme violence. But in Big Bad Wolves you do. One moment you are clasping your hand over you mouth to keep from screaming; the next moment you are bursting out laughing. In Big Bad Wolves, that dark Jewish humor helps you gasp for air before being tied down again. It is a cinematic experience you will not easily forget. – Andrew Mack
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