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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes helping others as a way to heal oneself. Looks at tragic aftermath of war, its ongoing devastation to individuals, and then finds hope in positive action, camaraderie.
Positive Role Models
Men who've suffered effects of war on their home ground find purpose and exhibit courage, unselfishness, teamwork, empathy, integrity. They then share their compassion and action with other, younger men whose livelihood and way of life are still impaired by that war.
Violence & Scariness
References to wartime violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A raucous party scene briefly includes two scantily dressed women in a sensual dance.
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"Crap," "whore," and many uses of "f--k." Some insults: "dumb as a rock," "retarded."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (one party scene with heavy drinking). Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Among Wolves is a documentary (with English subtitles) about a group of Bosnian war veterans who are passionately engaged in service to their community. Uniting as the "Wolves Moto Club" (a local motorcycle club), the men have taken responsibility for the well-being of Livno, their war-torn village still trying to recover from the effects of the Bosnian War (1992-1995). In addition to their efforts in the village, a significant part of the Wolves' work is the protection of a large herd of wild horses in the nearby countryside. With no narration and little music, Director Shawn Convey has opted to let the voices of the men guide the movie's viewers through their story. The men swear -- "f--k" is heard throughout -- and occasionally insult one another, but are close, a unique team with purpose that allows for individual recovery, as well. Expect some drinking, cigarette smoking; a rowdy party sequence includes drunkenness and a few shots of women dancing provocatively. Not meant for kids, this movie's mature themes and unhurried pacing make it best for older teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This deliberately measured documentary, without embellishment, narration, or heightened conflict, tells a simple story with insightful views about healing, renewed purpose, and hope. In Among Wolves, the men of the Moto Club have found a way to cope with the aftermath of a war in their homeland. A devastating loss of life and ongoing poverty are the fruits of the Bosnian War, a bitter conflict, both territorial and religious in scope. The club's leader, Lija, holds the men to high standards, worthy of such a regiment of committed "soldiers." Viewers will visit old battle sites, artillery and transport locations, the town, and the countryside -- all while in the company of the men who have assumed charge for care of the surviving populations.
It's interesting to note that with the exception of a very few scenes that briefly look at the personal lives of two of the men, it's all about the Wolves, the relationships within that club, and their shared "warrior" history. Some may find it tedious -- lots of lengthy driving sequences and time taken for extended menial tasks -- while others will appreciate the intimacy of the moments, the beauty of the wild horses, and the integrity of the men who populate the film.
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