A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta)
A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) (2015)

Based on real events, and set in Rio de Janeiro, "A Wolf at the Door" is the nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the terror of the parents left behind. When Sylvia (Fabíula Nascimento) discovers her 6 yr old daughter has… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 27, 2015
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2015
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

In his first film Coimbra already appears to be a master of the cinematic tightrope walk, weaving flashbacks and detective work in an energetic and pleasingly sleazy manner (this is, after all, a modern noir).

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

As a piece of storytelling, "A Wolf at the Door" may be a tawdry little shocker. But on a visceral level, it is a knife to the gut.

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Javier Ocaña
El Pais (Spain)

The structure of the film, made through flashbacks through the police interrogation, capture the interest of the viewer since the first minute. [Full review in Spanish]

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Though a strong director of actors, Coimbra is significantly less assured as a visual stylist.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Manuel Piñón
Cinemanía (Spain)

The brilliant humanization of a noir tale, leaving sensationalism out to favor your identification with this cheated, rejected and obsessed woman. [Full review in Spanish]

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Pablo Villaça

Surprisingly extracting humor out of a incredibly serious and dramatic situation, the film is especially benefited by the flawless performances of Leal, Cortaz and Nascimento.

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Jay Weissberg

Coimbra's overambitious use of a complex narrative structure can feel clunky, and worst of all, the kid at the center is practically forgotten in the assemblage of flashbacks, significantly diminishing the emotional pull.

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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

The script by debutant director Coimbra is a perfect balance of humor, suspense, and surprises. But it's Leal's intriguing performance that steals the show. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An engrossing film made by a filmmaker in absolute control of the story he wants to tell (it doesn't have a single shot or camera movement out of place),… More