A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Life is harsh and lived in a cruel and selfish environment.
Positive Role Models
A taciturn man lives in the woods and traps wolves. He pays to marry a man's daughter and treats her like property.
Violence & Scariness
A man has sex with (nearly rapes) his virginal new wife, wasting no time with niceties of foreplay. Scenes show a man setting traps for wolves. Dead wolves are seen. The process of creating skins. A woman is agonizingly caught in a wolf trap. Her husband nurses her back to health. Her blackened foot is shown. A man points a gun at someone who has cheated him. A woman feeds poison to a man and he becomes sicker and weaker by the day. A woman in labor is shown screaming in pain. She and the baby die in childbirth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man has wordless, brutal sex with a woman he marries, and after her death, with her sister, who he has also married. Once his naked back is seen and the top of his buttocks. In other scenes, both parties are clothed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Skin of the Wolf is a 2018 film that explores human needs and failings at their most base. The Spanish-language film breaks those needs down to the minimum -- food, shelter, warmth -- and treats companionship as the most expendable need of all. A woman dies in childbirth along with her baby. Another has a miscarriage. Sex is portrayed without tenderness, but rather as the right of a man who is paying the bills. Scenes show a man setting traps for wolves. Dead wolves are seen. The process of creating skins is shown. A woman is agonizingly caught in a wolf trap. Her blackened foot is shown. A man points a gun at someone. A woman feeds poison to a man. This intense film may be too stark and slow-moving for most teens. 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 Spanish drama is stark, unsentimental, and harshly eloquent. With scarcely any dialogue, director Samu Fuentees conveys the difficult life of a man who lives off the land by his wits in a mountainous and inhospitable climate, far from civilization and conveniences of any kind. We see only what the man does, and although there are suggestions that he has feelings, The Skin of the Wolf gives little hints as to what he's thinking and feeling. Given how much of his time is spent simply surviving, it's clear that there's little time in his busy day for introspection, longing, wishing, or dreaming. Even when he acts out in anger after the death in childbirth of his wife and child, we have no idea if he is angry that he spent so much money and has received neither a child nor wife-laborer in return, or if the deaths have some deeper meaning for him. Mario Casas' performance as the trapper is a how-to on focused minimalism.
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