© The Wolfpack — Crystal Moselle / Magnolia Pictures
2015, 80 minutes
What happens behind the door of a tiny New York City apartment? Surely, not many people would expect to find six young men raised in a near-cult environment and deprived of almost any contact with the outside world. Some years, the Angulo brothers were allowed to go outside for short trips. Other years, they would not be allowed to go out at all. With no one but each other for entertainment, and no means to physically escape the authoritative rule of their aggressive and paranoiac father, the Angulo brothers developed an obsession for movies, their only portal to the outside world and a way for them to express the emotions they had learned to hide for fear of reprisal. Transcribing the dialogue word-for-word of their favorite films—Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, etc.—they spend most of their time reenacting them in fine detail with homemade costumes and props.
A stunning testament of the liberating power of cinema and one of the most touching coming of age story ever captured on film, The Wolfpack, winner of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, perfectly captures the brothers’ desire to escape their Lower East Side home prison while at the same time catalyzing it. The camera probably has a healing power for the brothers; it at least allows them to interact with a world they had been deprived of for so long.