We Were Wolves (2014)

JORDAN CANNING

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

Canada, 2014.  Get Set Films.  Screenplay by Jordan Canning, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Jordan Canning.  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Peter Mooney travels up to his family’s lakeside Ontario cottage to wrap up his father’s last effects, annoyed to find his wayward brother (co-writer Steve Cochrane) waiting for him.  They hash out the usual My Son What Have You Done drama that exists between opposite siblings, the one who was always reliable but has secrets, and the one who was never responsible but still has feelings, interrupted in this mundane acting exercise only by the appearance of a lively, charming neighbor () who brings their conflict to a forefront with her memories of living near their dad.  The scenery is lovely and the actors give strong performances (even if Cochrane’s Newfoundland accent makes it difficult to buy the two of them as brothers), but it’s a psychological drama without much psychology, their interactions revealing very little of interest beneath the surface that would make a cinematic situation so very familiar in any way individually memorable.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2014

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