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One of the most buzzed about genre titles of the year is Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's Big Bad Wolves (review). The duo's follow-up to their successful debut Rabies, has been a festival favourite since it's debut at Tribeca in April, garnering not only awards but praise, not to mention the love of Cult director Quentin Tarantino who proclaimed it the best movie of the year after seeing it at Busan.

Though some feel the movie is excessively violent, I didn't find Big Bad Wolves difficult to watch though it does occasionally step into the ridiculous in its story of a desperate cop and a desperate father trying to find a missing girl.

The trailer does a good job of capturing the movie's greatest asset: the tonal shifts that are often so difficult to manage but which Keshales and Papushado mix with little trouble. The movie oscillates between thriller and comedy with such ease that it's hard to separate the two and it is one of the reasons I enjoyed it as much as I did.

Magnolia will release Big Bad Wolves in theatres and VOD on January 17, 2014.

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