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859 Ratings

The Mouth of the Wolf

La bocca del lupo

Directed by Pietro Marcello
Italy, France, 2009
Romance, LGBTQ+, Documentary


Enzo returns to Genoa after a lengthy absence. He crosses the city in search of places he remembers from before but they have been changed by passing time. He finds Mary waiting for him at their small house in the ghetto. His life-long companion, she has been waiting for Enzo to return from prison.

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The Mouth of the Wolf Directed by Pietro Marcello

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: Teddy: Best Documentary (Forum)

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

2010 | 2 wins including: Special Jury Prize (International Competition)

Critics reviews

Marcello’s subjects, places, and elicited memories bare the temporal distances—decades, centuries—standing between them. This is nowhere more apparent than in Marcello’s whatzit essay film, The Mouth of the Wolf, which, if no longer his best film, still stands as his most aesthetically and structurally complex work.
September 05, 2015
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This fantasy of deferred bliss may recall sentimental fare like Up, but The Mouth of the Wolf is Jean Genet meets Pedro Costa. She’s a recovering heroin addict transsexual rocking a non-passable female voice and a no-nonsense attitude. He’s an irresistible hyper-masculine brute a la Our Lady of the Flowers. It’s meant to be.
August 31, 2011
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From the very first frame—a medium-definition digital-video shot of a ship emerging into view from behind a rugged harbour wall—I sensed that I was in very good hands indeed.
February 13, 2010
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