The Wolfpack

The Wolfpack

DVD - 2015
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The six Angulo brothers have grown up in their Manhattan apartment, home schooled by their parents, rarely if ever leaving their apartment. Their only connection to the outside world is television and the movies they watch and act out, complete with homemade costumes, in the apartment. When one of the brothers sneaks out for a few days on his own, the whole family dynamic is changed when he returns home.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD-ED 155.443 WOLFPAC
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Harriet_the_Spy Jan 04, 2017

An engrossing portrait of psychological control and extreme social isolation. That the six Angulo brothers come out of their situation with any sanity at all is amazing. Very good, but steel yourself for a sad, sad story.

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LittleNoName
Sep 13, 2016

Odd documentry but sad, sad yet inspiring story. Watch 30mins & if its still not making sense or have your attention turn it off.

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pirategurl56
Jul 15, 2016

Truly remarkable that these young men kept their spirits kindled through art, music and unusual creative ventures. It was not a glossed over piece showing only the good things as are typical in some documentaries. Life in New York is scary enough without having such a controversial up bringing. They are American no matter what one may think of the circumstances. Crazier things have happened in the good old US of A.

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hammer59
Jun 01, 2016

Approached this with an open mind---and I liked the kids but the parents must have been mentally disabled.

Think "Room" times 7. The father imposing his will and imprisoning his vast spawn should be interpreted as child endangerment. May be a true story, but this family would have been better off moving back to S. America.

Franln Apr 29, 2016

Very weird and compelling documentary. I felt oddly inspired by this strange pack of brothers by the end of the film, especially after watching the bonus features.

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trim2brooker
Apr 12, 2016

I agree there are so many gaps and questions unanswered. It's not truly a documentary, it doesn't tell you enough. Amateur filming to say the least.
I felt uncomfortable watching it, abuse/neglect to children and violence/ controlling toward the Mum. Children couldn't enter or leave the room without Dads permission. The mother must have been terrified to disobey the Dad's crazy ideas. What a strange collection of movies to use-they have grown up with no concept of a normal family(and that's pretty broad). It was like spying on a cult, I felt like someone should've been prosecuted. I watched this on a flight and gave the airline feedback - I wanted something interesting or entertaining, this was neither.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 13, 2016

While I do agree that this film could do more with its fascinating subjects, I don't think it's an "epic fail" (Let us forever banish that phrase.) or the "stupidest movie ever." Who writes these things? Crystal Moselle's documentary is about the six Angulo brothers, who were raised in almost total isolation from the outside world by their strange, perhaps mentally ill, Peruvian father. They connect with the outside world through watching movies and then recreating them (Batman, "Reservoir Dogs," "Halloween"). You can't make this stuff up. Philosophy majors will perhaps see some connections to the Allegory of the Cave. As the movie progresses, the brothers start to yearn for freedom and go outside more on their own. It could use more structure and the filming is basic bordering on amateur, but the brothers and their story is so unusual that the film still succeeds. Would love to see a follow up to this.

Atticus14 Feb 11, 2016

This is one of those films that had great potential but IMO is an epic fail. There are just way too many gaps to keep it interesting. To me, it's very disjointed in its presentation. Seems like just another weird family living in Gotham. It probably all stems from a father with mental illness but since this documentary is short on details, who knows? This film needed a lot more fleshing out and I do mean a lot.

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readinJC
Jan 15, 2016

Having heard a discussion of this documentary on the radio (NPR?) I was looking forward to seeing the real story. There were too many holes in how this family came to be who and what they are, too many questions in my mind that were never addressed. Why was Dad not held accountable for abuse to Mom? What is happening with the little sister? Did anyone ever see a doctor? Was Mom really paid to homeschool? If Dad was so worried about the scary culture, why bring such violent movies home to these children? Overall, I was disappointed in the way this fascinating story was told.

real_thing Jan 13, 2016

sad but happy. A learning experience documentary

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