Fascinating. A case study of isolation. And a case study of cinephilia that is utterly unparalleled. The power of cinema as a means of connection to the outside world and as a former of identity has never been exemplified on film in such a way as The Wolfpack presents it.
With essentially nothing else to place the Angulo siblings into society and an alcoholic, domineering man as a father, the boys are raised on Tarantino and Batman. As such, they pay homage to these films and others like it using homemade props and transcribed scripts. They remake these influential films shot for shot.
As the documentary progresses, the boys slowly initiate themselves with the world as we know it. They walk through a park and marvel at the trees, commenting on how they resemble the Fangorn Forest from The Lord of the Rings. They see a film in a theater for the first time and marvel at the ability to give David O. Russell money. It is truly an unfathomable series of revelations for the siblings.
The Wolfpack is a peek behind the curtain of a fascinatingly unique family. At once it is a testament to the universal power of film. More importantly, it is a haunting rumination on worldly fears and social isolation. Furthermore, it is one of the best documentaries of 2015 so far.
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If you haven’t seen The Wolfpack, I highly recommend it. It can be found on Amazon Instant Video here.
–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)