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Film Reviews The Wolfpack a patchy but promising telling of a strange story

The Wolfpack tells the story of six brothers who grew up locked away in a New York apartment by their father. Movies gave them a means of escape. THE WOLFPACK (2015). Krsna Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Bhagavan Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Narayana Angulo and Govinda Angulo in THE WOLFPACK, a Video Services Corp release. Photo courtesy of Video Services Corp. Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, 'The Wolfpack,' the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

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3 out of 4 stars

Title
The Wolfpack
Directed by
Crystal Moselle
Genre
Documentary
Country
USA
Language
English

Call it a real-life prison break movie, except the prison is a rundown apartment on New York's Lower East Side and the warden a domineering, paranoid father.

The prisoners are his six sons, the Angulo brothers, who endured a childhood leavened only by each other's company and the thousands of films – from classics to slasher flicks – they were permitted to watch and recreate.

First-time documentarian Crystal Moselle won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for her slow unveiling of the brothers' disturbing situation, flecked with surreal visions: a downbeat Batman stares longingly out at the world from behind the window bars of a high-rise.

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If the film is patchy, it shows promise. Thankfully, so do the boys themselves.

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