Tonight on Netflix: the director of The Name of the Rose films animals like no other, and every image in this film proves it – Cinema News

Tonight on Netflix: the director of The Name of the Rose films animals like no other, and every image in this film proves it – Cinema News
Tonight on Netflix: the director of The Name of the Rose films animals like no other, and every image in this film proves it – Cinema News

Released in 2015, “The Last Wolf” by Jean-Jacques Annaud proves to us, once again, to what extent the filmmaker remains a great storyteller, in this poignant story with sublime images. Watch on Netflix.

1969. Chen Zhen, a young student from Beijing, is sent to Inner Mongolia to educate a tribe of nomadic shepherds. But it is really Chen who has much to learn – about life in this infinite, hostile and dizzying land, about the notion of community, freedom and responsibility, and about the most feared and revered creature of the steppes – the wolf .

Seduced by the complex and almost mystical link between these sacred creatures and the shepherds, he captures a wolf cub in order to tame it. But the burgeoning relationship between man and animal – as well as the tribe’s traditional way of life, and the future of the land itself – is threatened when a regional representative of central authority decides for all ways to eliminate wolves from this region.

Since the absolute triumph of his film The Bear, the biggest success of his career in France with more than 9.1 million spectators, we know that Jean-Jacques Annaud films animals like no other. He will prove it again in 2004 with the superb Two Brothers and its 3.33 million admissions.

In 2015, he directed a magnificent film: The Last Wolf. Adapted from “Wolf Totem” published in 2004 by Chinese writer Jiang Rong, the book has sold more than 20 million copies. A book which was problematic for the Beijing Authorities, faced with a puzzle: complicated to censor such a popular work, and yet very critical of the country’s environmental policy.

Extraordinarily, it was the Beijing authorities themselves who came directly to find the filmmaker to make the film. “We would very much like that by accepting, you could convey in our place things that we do not have the right to say” even dropped the country’s Minister of Culture.

Annaud thus had total freedom and carte blanche to sign this absolutely magnificent initiatory story; a very poignant historical and spiritual fresco, filmed in sumptuous landscapes. Annaud is a great storyteller, and every image in this film proves it to us. An ideal show for the whole family.

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