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Wolfkin review
A single mother learns the dark secret of her son's paternal ancestry.

Review by Sue Finn

Directed by: Jacques Molitor

Starring: Louise Manteau, Victor Dieu, Marja-Leena Junker, Jules Werner

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Elaine's 10-year-old son Martin is attacking kids at his school and the school has had enough. As a single parent, Elaine (Louise Manteau) has to now stay home from her demanding chef job to take care of Martin (Victor Dieu) after he is suspended. Martin is a little… bitey, and so unsurprisingly has no real friends apart from his doting mother.

After a disastrous birthday party that ends in blood and hospital visits, Elaine decides it's time Martin met his estranged paternal grandparents.

Wolfkin review

When mother and son arrive at their palatial domicile, it is revealed that the gobsmacked grandparents did not know Martin existed. They accept the visitors into their home and begin the bonding with tales of what a wonderful hunter Martin's long dead father Patrick was, and shaming Elaine for not following their patriarchal "traditions."

Grandfather Urwald (Marco Lorenzini) takes Martin under his wing and against the boy's mother's wishes, takes him to church and hunting – which he greatly enjoys; and while Martin blossoms under the old-fashioned patriarchal traditions, his mother struggles to adhere to the strict rules.

After a troubling incident with Martin's boorish Uncle Jean (Jules Werner), Elaine takes them both and returns home.

However, it's there that Martin just grows worse - aggressive, more prone to bite his mother this time, demanding meat pies, growing excess hair and long teeth.

It appears his growing pains are of the lupine kind, and before you know it mum needs to haul ass back to the in-laws for some more specialised help.

Wolfkin review

Unfortunately, the Urwald homestead, while better for Martin, is worse for mum; and Elaine has to face the fact that perhaps the inheritance her son has earned is less of the monetary kind and more of the animalistic type.

As directed by Jacques Molitor, this is a confident and assured effort. The cinematography is almost dreamlike in some scenes (which somehow suited its Luxembourg setting). The editing shows a certain skill at expressing Elaine's whiplash new life. The script has some holes that I would have liked to be filled, and it vacillates between horror and family drama in a way that makes me feel this wouldn't necessarily appeal to a regular audience.

This is too blood-thirsty for your average moviegoer but doesn't contain enough horror for a horror fan.

Nonetheless I can't fault the acting, which gifts us with a wholly believable turn from Manteau, and true menace from Werner. Even young Dieu does a commendable job as the troubled and angsty Martin.

Wolfkin review

The only real criticism that I have is of the ending, which felt rushed, particularly in comparison with the languorous tone of the rest of the film. I would have liked to have seen the ending match the pace set in the first three-quarters of the movie.

I also wish this had a slightly tighter storyline (more about the family legacy and lore etc) and a bit more time spent on how Elaine felt about the changes in her life, but it's still an enjoyable film experience, and it is nice to see original content, particularly in the well-worn werewolf horror sub-genre.

Fun for the whole family – if your family is like the Urwalds, that is.

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