Irish Film Institute -WOLF


Director: Nathalie Biancheri

100 mins, Ireland-U.K.-Poland, 2021, Digital, F-Rated

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Jacob (George MacKay) suffers from species dysphoria, feeling himself to be a wolf trapped in a man’s body. In the hopes of overcoming his condition and assimilating back into his family and society, he voluntarily enters into a care facility for those similarly afflicted, including a young man (Fionn O’Shea) living as a German Shepherd, and a young woman (Lola Petticrew) in parrot garb. Here, they are watched over by a caring therapist (Eileen Walsh) and the ’Zookeeper’ (Paddy Considine), a lion in sheep’s clothing whose seeming empathy masks a Nurse Ratched-style cruelness. When Jacob meets a kindred spirit in long-term resident Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), he must decide who he wants to be. MacKay gives a performance of feral physicality in a film reminiscent of Yorgos Lanthimos’s work in its mixture of pathos and dry humour.

Notes by Kevin Coyne

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