If you crave an over-the-top historical kung fu-fantasy epic with a good dose of voluptuous nudity, bravura machismo, and passions so intense they verge on ridiculous, then Brotherhood of the Wolf is your movie. Based (loosely) on an 18th-century legend, this French film follows a hunky scientist (Samuel Le Bihan, who’s sort of a second-string Christopher Lambert) and his Iroquois sidekick/spiritual partner (Mark Dacascos) as they pursue a monstrous wolf ravaging the French countryside. Along the way Le Bihan gets entwined with a beautiful noblewoman (Émilie Dequenne) and a gorgeous prostitute (Monica Belluci) with secrets. The plot grows more and more incomprehensible, but the mix of torrid emotions, outrageous action sequences, and lurid titillation is really what the movie is about. Ignore the highbrow philosophizing and confused political intrigue; just enjoy the sensual images. —Bret Fetzer
About Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Starring: Monica Bellucci, Charles Maquignon, François Hadji-Lazaro, Emanuel Booz, Hans Meyer, Frankie Pain, Mark Dacascos, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Claude Braquet, Johan Leysen, Daniel Herroin, David Bogino, Bernard Farcy, Gaëlle Cohen, Pascal Laugier, Edith Scob, Virginie Arnaud, Olivier Colat-Parros, Philippe Nahon, Isabelle Le Nouvel, Jean-Loup Wolff, Albane Fioretti, Jean-François Stévenin, Bernard Fresson, Clarice Plasteig dit Caffou, Samuel Le Bihan, Christian Marc, Delphine Hivernet, Virginie Darmon
Director: Christophe Gans
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