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Canada's Next Generation
3.5
406 Ratings

Werewolf

Directed by Ashley McKenzie
Canada, 2016
Drama
  • English
  • English
Canada's Next Generation

Synopsis

Blaise and Nessa are outcast methadone users in their small town. Each day they push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass. Nessa plots an escape, while Blaise lingers closer to collapse. Tethered to one another, their getaway dreams are kept on a suffocatingly short leash.

Our take

From coast to coast, a new generation of youthful directors is blossoming in Canada. Today we’re proud to launch a 10-film program cohering the best new films from this independent movement with Ashley McKenzie’s award-winning, emotionally raw debut about two lovers tethered by a mutual addiction.

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  • Michael Rozek's rating of the film Werewolf

    Wholly original even while exploring terrain other films have trod. Not a false note at any time, such that as you watch it it becomes more and more riveting, finally leaving you sure that the director, the DP, and the two lead actors are major talents. A film about a sizable sector of life in today's developed world, unsparing in the depth of its critique. And, an unassuming masterpiece.

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film Werewolf

    Thank you, Mubi! Powerful, beautiful, human, heart-rending stuff. A lot of formal affinities with Samantha Morton’s The Unloved, which Mubi also introduced me to. In this case redirecting the terror-filled sublime of horror films where Morton was tapped into more the more pacific balm in English Romanticism. Affinity too, to Fogo, The Fits, and The Florida Project.

  • Krish sanghvi's rating of the film Werewolf

    Is love sufficient and necessary to make life’s miseries bearable? At what point does love become burdensome?

  • Kamran's rating of the film Werewolf

    Werewolf is meticulously shot and framed, finely edited, and shows a great deal of creative or authorial sensibilities. Ashley Mackenzie shows promise as a soon to be auteur. More: http://bit.ly/2dHfPqi 81/100 - Great.

  • Jason's rating of the film Werewolf

    I have spent six years working frontline in homelessness and addictions. In Canada. I speak from hard-won on-the-ground experience in saying that Ashley McKenzie's WEREWOLF does more than adequate service to its subject matter. Perhaps even the awkwardness of its performances is inherently truthful. The idiosyncratic use of the frame means many (myself included) may occasionally find the film's artiness facile.

  • Marco Pierrard's rating of the film Werewolf

    7/10 Drame spectral, Werewolf dépeint une touchante histoire d'amour en marge de la société filmée avec pudeur et justesse. Un premier film âpre et surprenant plutôt addictif. Chronique à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/werewolf-amants-dependants

  • Korial's rating of the film Werewolf

    There is no need for a background to characters' stories. Their present is our concern. The struggle of two outcasts in a limbo between society and drug addiction, suicide and hope; their being left behind in anger (him) or in silence (her). Also, I liked the framing a lot; the reasoned use of long shots, details, faces close ups. And what a majestic finale. Hinting at hope but bitter and cruel and calm.

  • G x's rating of the film Werewolf

    Despite the committed performances and honest intent, this film didn't quite come together for me. I found the compositional choices very self-conscious after a while. As a result, I could never fully invest or believe in the drama. Still, it is a very assured feature debut and I will be definitely checking out what McKenzie does next.

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