Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Le Pacte Des Loups
France, 2001. Canal+, Davis-Films, Eskwad, Natexis Banques Populaires Images, Studio Image Soficas, TF1 Films Production. Original scenario by Stephane Cabel, adaptation by Stephane Cabel, Christophe Gans. Cinematography by Dan Laustsen. Produced by Richard Grandpierre, Samuel Hadida. Music by Joseph LoDuca. Production Design by Guy-Claude Francois. Costume Design by Dominique Borg. Film Editing by Xavier Loutreuil, Sebastien Prangere, David Wu.
Samuel Le Bihan plays a libertine and philosopher of sorts who arrives at a tiny village in the countryside of 17th century France and hears stories of a giant wolf that is terrorizing the women and children of the area but going nowhere near the men. Le Bihan and his bloodbrother (Mark Dacascos), a Native who travelled with him back from New France (now Canada) where they met during a battle, take on the task of finding out the nature of these attacks, mostly because they are both convinced that there is no mythical creature behind it but a criminal murderer. Enter a mysterious and oh so beautiful prostitute (Monica Bellucci) who dabbles in strange practices but may hold more answers to the riddle than at first appears. Vincent Cassel (Bellucci’s real-life husband) and Émilie Dequenne also appear in this stunning French epic that features thrilling fight sequences in the best tradition of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, sumptuous costumes and sets and a wonderful Sleepy Hollow-like story.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2001