Big Bad Wolves (2013) Film.Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado




A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.(Imdb)



5 December 2013 

This confidently handled horror-thriller from Israeli writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado provides a somewhat glib retort to September’s ponderous Prisoners, adopting a queasily black-comic tone in three-hander involving a rogue cop, a suspected pederast, and the vengeful father of a dead young girl. We soon fear the worst, and are suckered into staying by some semi-clever delaying tactics: early exteriors concealing the fact that everyone’s heading towards a single-set torture dungeon, phone calls that dispatch the characters on wild goose chases just as fingernails are set to be extracted. The actors lend it a sick heft, and there are droll, region-specific footnotes – like the estate agent keen to sell the dungeon cheap as it backs onto Arab land – but one senses the sniggering film-makers playing variably funny games with our phobia of paedophiles, rather than having anything lasting to say about it.



 Frank Scheck


A driven cop and revenge-seeking father team up to deliver vigilante justice to an alleged child-killer in Big Bad WolvesAharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s grippingly suspenseful film, showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival. Featuring mind-bending plot twists and generous doses of mordant humor, this fiendishly clever Israeli thriller succeeds brilliantly on its own terms while instantly qualifying for a Hollywood remake.