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Big Bad Wolves

4

The hood gets a bit restless...

Like Prisoners with a blowtorch, Tarantino’s favourite movie of 2013 takes a scalpel to vigilante justice. Unlike Prisoners, it’s also bloody funny.

Focused on a rogue cop and a vengeful dad who torture a teacher suspected of child murder, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s (2010’s Rabies) Israeli thriller stirs satire into savage psychodrama.

The political subtexts are blunt, but the filmmakers handle diverse influences – the Coen brothers, Korean revenge drama, Tarantino – with a seat-of-pants mastery of tone, tension and edgy titters.

Be warned: just when you think you can relax, the murder victim’s granddad turns up...

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