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The Wolfpack

Directed by Crystal Moselle
United States, 2015


Six bright teenage brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in a Manhattan housing project. All they know of the outside is gleaned from the movies they watch obsessively (and recreate meticulously). When one of the brothers escapes, the family is forced to enter society.

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The Wolfpack Directed by Crystal Moselle

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Documentary (Grand Jury Prize)

Edinburgh International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Best Documentary Feature Film

Moselle’s Sundance-winning pop doc about a group of forcibly locked away siblings is at turns thrilling, ethically complex, frustratingly naïve, distinctively moving and knowingly surreal.
January 18, 2016
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The film remains a testament to movie love, and how acculturated, against all odds, you could become on a steady diet of Hollywood product. But in contrast to, say, Makhmalbaf’s semi-fictional sleight of hand, Moselle largely misses the opportunity to see the Angulos’ strange life through the looking glass of movies – to view their chilling society-deprivation experiment, and her exploration of it, as another form of cinema.
August 21, 2015
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You might expect The Wolfpack to resemble an anthropological exercise, a clinical study designed to stimulate the great nature versus nurture debate. Yet perhaps the most unusual thing about the Angulo brothers is how normal they appear. Far from being a dysfunctional, troublingly maladjusted bunch, Bhagavan, Govinda, Jagadisa, Krsna, Mukunda and Narayana are bright, affable and, most surprisingly, comfortable in front of the camera.
August 20, 2015
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