BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF
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The movie starts out with an old man telling a story. He talks about a Beast who killed many people during the 1700's IN THE PRE-FRENCH-REVOLUTIONARY ERA. First we see a girl running from something we don't yet know. She falls, trips, then rests against a boulder. Then we hear big footsteps. The girl tries to climb up the mountain but gets pulled down by something we can't see again.
Later that day, it begins to rain. We see some men beating up an old man and his daughter. After about a minute, two men arrive on horses. One is THE NATURALIST Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) and Mani (Mark Dacascos) his silent companion. Mani gets off the horse and does some karate on the guys.
They ride to their destination, a small town in France. They stay there and after being sent to their rooms to relax, they here screams from a nearby hospital, where The Beast's victims are being held. THEY HAVE BEEN SENT THERE BY SPECIAL DISPENSATION FROM KING LOUIS TO FIND THE BEAST, BECAUSE THE INABILITY OF ANYONE TO STOP IT SO FAR IS BRINGING CONTROVERSY AND DISGRACE TO THE CROWN.
Fronsac visits the hospital the next day and draws of picture of the wolf from one of it's victim's descriptions. He comes up with a picture of a giant wolf.
Fronsac, the next day, is invited to a little party at the main house. While there, he becomes attracted to a girl playing the piano NAMED MARIANNE (EMELIE DEQUENNE). She is the DAUGHTER OF THE LOCAL COUNT AND THE sister of a man named JEAN-FRANCOIS (VINCENT CASSELL). He talks to her outside and falls in love with her, BUT SHE DOUBTS THE SINCERETY OF HIS ATTENTIONS.
They go eat dinner WITH THE OTHER LOCAL NOBILITY. They discuss the wolf and its existence. WE SEE MARIANNE'S BROTHER JEAN-FRANCOIS AGAIN, AND HE REVEALS THAT HE IS A PASSIONATE HUNTER AND ONLY HAS ONE ARM DUE TO A HUNTING ACCIDENT WITH A LION WHILE HE WAS IN AFRICA. HE SAYS THAT HE HAS HUNTED WITH SILVER BULLETS SINCE THEN BECAUSE HE LIKES TO "SIGN" THEM. IT IS ALSO REVEALED THAT MANI IS A NATIVE AMERICAN WHO FRONSAC MET WHILE HE WAS FIGHTING THE ENGLISH IN CANADA. MANI DIVINES THE ANIMAL TOTEMS FOR A FEW OF THE NOBLES AND IT MAKES SOME OF THEM UNCOMFORTABLE. A young man, who is also the old man narrating the story then takes Mani and Fronsac to a whorehouse, where Fronsac meets a mysterious FORTUNE TELLING woman, who he "sleeps" with. SHE ALSO TELLS HIM A STORY ABOUT HOW THE LOCAL WOMEN ASSURE THAT THEIR HUSBANDS WILL COME HOME AT NIGHT - EVERY DAY THEY FEED THEM POISON, AND EVERY NIGHT THEY GIVE THEM THE ANTIDOTE (THIS IS IMPORTANT LATER.) THEN he has a dream of her stabbing him and wakes up in time to meet some incoming frenchmen. They tell him to meet them at 2. They discuss the wolf and announce that there will be a hunt for it.
Next Day, almost the whole town comes to hunt. They camp, then Francois discusses his hunting tactics. We then hear shouting and we see Mani getting in a fight with a bunch of savage men. He beats them but then has to fight two girls, who he also beats. Then, the two men he beat appear, accompanied with the woman he saved in the rain a couple days ago. SHE STARTS TO HAVE AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE, AND HER FATHER SHOWS UP TO SAY THAT SHE ISN'T A WITCH OR A WEREWOLF AND APOLOGIZES FOR HIS DAUGHTER BAITING THE MEN TO FIGHT MANI. FRONSAC BELIEVES HIM. THEN everyone goes to hunt.
Mani, Fronsac, and MARIANNE split from the group and arrive in A RUINED CHAPEL WHERE HUMAN SACRAFICES AND TORTURE USED TO TAKE PLACE. They hear a howl and find a white wolf, AND MARIANNE almost shoots before Fronsac stops her. HE TELLS HER THAT THE WOLF IS NOT THE BEAST THEY'RE LOOKING FOR, AND MANI REVEALS THAT HE HAS A SPIRITUAL CONNECTION TO THE WOLVES.
Then the next day rolls around, and we cut to a church scene, where the priest is talking about those who have died from the Beast. Then a man barges in, screaming that the Beast got his children. Mani and Fronsac look, Mani being the one who then finds a little girl in a cave. Later that night, an old man sneaks a peek into the little girl's room and sees Mani next to her body. Everyone comes in and thinks that Mani killed her but he saved her. She wakes and Fronsac asks her what she saw. Suddenly, it cuts TO A FLASHBACK OF the wolf eating her brother, AND THERE IS A MAN WITH A CLAWED HAND IN A CAPE BEHIND THE BEAST THAT SEEMS TO BE CONTROLLING IT. AFTER SOME INVESTIGATION FRONSAC FINDS A PIECE OF IRON AT THE CRIME SCENE, AND SPECULATES THAT THE BEAST IS SOME KIND OF COMBINATION OF IRON MACHINE AND ANIMAL.
The next morning, the movie cuts to some fields, where a woman is walking with her dog. She hears a baby lamb. She looks down a hill where there is a pond. Next to it is the lamb. She climbs down and falls in the pond. She tries to get out and then we hear footsteps. We know she sees it, but we don't get too, until she is killed.
The next day THE WOLF THAT HE, MARIANNE AND MANI SAW IN THE FOREST IS SHOT AND KILLED. Fronsac is told BY THE MAN SENT FROM THE CAPITAL TO REPLACE THE LAST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICAL WHO DIDN'T GET ENOUGH RESULTS to make THE DEAD WOLF look like the Beast. He does it by stretching open it's mouth and changing it's eyes. HE RETURNS TO THE CAPITOL WHERE THE FALSE BEAST IS PUT ON DISPLAY FOR THE KING. WHILE HE IS THERE ONE OF THE NOBLES SHOWS HIM A RED BOOK THAT IS BEING ILLEGALLY PUBLISHED AND DISTRIBUTED BY A GROUP CALLING THEMSELVES "THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF" THAT TELLS ABOUT THE BEAST AND THE KING'S INABILITY TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, AND THAT THE BOOK WAS INTENDED TO DISGRACE THE KING. HE ALSO SAYS THAT HE WILL MAKE SURE FRONSAC GETS TO GO TO AFRICA FOR COOPERATING AND SUPPLYING THE FALSE BEAST, HIS LIFE'S DREAM. THERE IS A SHORT TIME UNTIL THE VOYAGE, SO FRONSAC RETURNS TO THE VILLAGE TO TAKE CARE OF THE REAL BEAST IN THE TIME LEFT.
That night, he MEETS MARIANNE IN THE HOUSE OF HER NANNY, where he starts kissing her. They tell the old servant to fetch some wine. After this, the wolf sneaks in and kills the old man. After, it jumps from the wine celler and demolishes the place. It traps MARIANNE in the corner BUT FOR SOME REASON STOPS WHEN IT SEES HER AND DOESN'T KILL HER. Now we really get to see it. It is A HUGE ANIMAL clad in some kind of armor, covering all of it's body, except it's eyes and it's mouth and almost being killed, Fronsac confronts it and stabs it. But then a whistle sounds. It runs away to a nearby mountain and we see it stop next to the mysterious man with the cape. His arm pets it, and we see a deformed arm with claw-nails.
The next day, FRONSAC and Mani and the young narrator leave to find and kill the real beast. They set many traps and Mani uses some kind of magic to make the wolf come to him by making the other wolves bring it. The wolves come with it. Mani acts as bait, while the others rest atop a hill waiting to shoot it. Mani hits it with a rock and they shoot it. It jumps down and Mani hits it with his axe. They then drop a big wooden cage over it. It breaks out and then Mani release a big log with spikes, which wounds the wolf badly.
Then Fronsac drops the wooden cage door, which the wolf breaks out of. It leaves.
Mani runs after the wolf. He finds it by it's trails of blood. He goes into the lair and find the old man he had saved in the rain nourishing it. Then the men he had fought earlier and some others surrounded him. He killed a bunch of them. And then he pinned one against the wall. It was the girl he saved. But then the mysterious man with the cape shoots him, his face unable to be seen. Mani is then tossed over a little cliff into a bunch of leaves.
Fronsac finds him and cuts him open. He finds a SIGNED silver bullet that Francois showed him earlier, saying he personally made them for use against the Beast. FRONSAC MAPS THE KILLINGS AND finds THE PLACE WHERE THE BEAST IS KEPT on the map IN THE CENTER OF THEM and goes there. He PAINTS HIMSELF LIKE MANI AND discovers THE PEOPLE WHO ATTACKED AND KILLED MANI. He kills them all. HE GOES TO THE LOCAL PRIEST TO REPORT WHAT HAPPENED, ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THE PRIEST IS IN ON THE WHOLE DEAL WITH USING THE BEAST AND ACCUSES HIM of causing trouble. Refusing this, he is hit with a gun and sent to jail. The mysterious woman he met at the whorehouse meets him there AND REVEALS THAT SHE TOO IS A SECRET AGENT FOR THE CROWN, but after he is fed his food. He begins to cough and we discover that there is some kind of poison in it. He supposedly dies. We find him laying in an open coffin. We find that he was fed a poison that doesn't kill you but it makes you look dead, like Romeo and Juliet. He is buried, alive, and we think he really dies. But then the woman with two other men, digs up his body,
We cut to MARIANNE bedroom. Her brother, Francois, comes in. They talk AND HE REVEALS HIS INCESTUOUS LOVE FOR HER, AND THEN he SHOWS HER the truth. He cuts OPEN A BODICE HE WAS WEARING AROUND HIS WAIST TO BIND BACK HIS OTHER ARM, and we see the same deformed claw-hand that we saw petting the wolf. HE NEVER LOST HIS ARM IN AFRICA, IT WAS ONLY BADLY MANGLED. HE HAS BEEN CONTROLLING THE BEAST AT THE INSISTENCE OF THE PRIEST AND OTHER NOBLES, WHO WANTED TO KILL MARIANNE BECAUSE SHE KNEW TOO MUCH. HE ATTACKS AND RAPES HER, THEN LEAVES HER FOR DEAD.
LATER THERE IS A CEREMONY OF "THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF," AND IT IS REVEALED TO BE MADE UP OF ALMOST ALL THE LOCAL NOBLES INCLUDING THE PRIEST, FRANCOIS AND HE AND MARIANNE'S MOTHER. IT IS REVEALED THAT THEY WERE PUBLISHING THE RED BOOK AND ALLOWING THE BEAST TO KILL PEOPLE TO DISCREDIT THE KING, AND ARE PLANNING TO MAKE MORE BEASTS AND SET THEM LOOSE UNTIL THE KING'S WEAKNESS CAN'T BE DENIED. We see Fronsac, who comes down and kills many people, He fights Francois. Francois has some sort of whip-like sword, in which he accidently cuts his throat with, as a result of Fronsac's sword pushing against it. He dies, AND FRONSAC TAKES A BRACELET OF SOME KIND FROM HIS BODY. AS MORE FIGHTING GOES ON, THE PROSTITUTE/SECRET AGENT WOMAN SLITS THE THROAT OF THE WOMAN THAT MANI SAVED WITH A SPIKED IRON FAN. THEN SHE GOES TO FRONSAC AND OFFERS TO LET HIM COME WITH HER, BUT WHEN HE HESITATES SHE LEAVES.
Fronsac then, later, with the young narrator, goes down into the wolf's lair. We see it laying against the ground, wounded, being pet by the old man. IT SEEMS TO BE SOME KIND OF LION IN IRON ARMOR. THE OLD MAN REVEALS THAT FRANCOIS BROUGHT BACK ITS MOTHER FROM AFRICA AND KEPT ONLY THE MEANEST CUB, THEN TORTURED IT TO MAKE IT MEANER AND ENCASED IT IN THAT CRUEL, PAINFUL ARMOR. Fronsac pets it, and sadfully shoots it.
Then he runs up through the castle to see what happened to his girlfriend. She SEEMS TO BE DEAD. RECALLING THE SECRET AGENT WOMAN'S TALE ABOUT THE LOCAL USE FOR POISONS He comes up to her and OPENS THE BRACELET HE TOOK FROM FRANCOIS' BODY AND POURS IT into her mouth. It then cuts to the future, where we see the narrator. HE IS OLD, AND THERE IS AN ANGRY MOB OUTSIDE. HE SAYS THAT HE IS THE LAST PERSON WHO KNOWS THE TRUE STORY OF THE BEAST AND SOON HE WILL BE GONE. HE GOES DOWNSTAIRS WHERE HIS SERVANTS ARE WAITING WITH SAD EXPRESSIONS, AND THEN GOES OUTSIDE TO MEET THE MOB. WE REALIZE THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND HE IS GOING OUT TO BE EXECUTED BECAUSE HE BECAME THE COUNT AFTER FRANCIOS AND MARIANNE'S FATHER'S DEATH. HE THINKS TO HIMSELF THAT HE NEVER SAW FRONSAC OR MARIANNE AGAIN, AND HOPES THAT THEY HAD A HAPPY ENDING. Then we cut back to the past and we see Fronsac and MARIANNE sailing away on a boat TO AFRICA.
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