'A Wolf at the Door' is a disturbing noir tale of obsession

March 27, 2015 12:06 PM

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Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates.

"Wolf" is the debut feature for Brazilian writer-director Fernando Coimbra. He talks in a director's statement about his film being "a suburban Medea," but, in fact, a better reference point than lofty Greek tragedy would be the down-to-earth novels of James M. Cain.

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